Most organizations will want to bypass their proxy server for local web servers (intranet, CMS, helpdesk, etc). You can manually add each new server to your exception list in your logon script or group policies or simply use this PAC script to determine if a server is local and bypass it automatically!
You can use built in commands such as isInNet() which use potentially slow DNS lookups, but this method uses Regex queries instead.
With each URL request, a client’s browser will execute the FindProxyForURL() function and pass it the URL string and domain host name for the request. The function needs to return a string telling the browser to connect directly, via SOCKS or via a Proxy.
Be sure to update the exception and proxy address appropriate to your needs.
The script can be found and configured automatically by most browsers if it is made available via HTTP and advertised via DHCP or DNS. Firefox and Chrome (to my knowledge) don’t support the DHCP method, but most browsers support DNS.
To have your script found via DNS is must be made available at
mydomain.local, need I say it, is your local domain.
To do this, I saved the script as ‘wpad.dat’ in the root directory of my intranet server and
created a DNS CNAME record (alias) pointing to that server named
wpad. You must also set the MIME
type of the file to
application/x-ns-proxy-autoconfig or the file won’t download (at least from
IIS in my case). See Configure MIME Type (IIS 6.0) on Technet.
If you do also want to advertise the script via DHCP (it can’t hurt), simply add Option 252 to your scope options containing the URL of your script. According to this article, IE6 may require the URL to be NUL terminated.
Here’s another handy tip: if you want to test the functionality of the script, you can use the
following PHP script (if PHP is configured on your web server) to immediately test the result of
any specified host name. Save the following script as
index.php in the same folder as your proxy
script and browse to
Wiki page with an overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Proxy_Autodiscovery_Protocol
Microsoft examples for IE: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd361950.aspx
IE Proxy Result Caching: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/271361
Publishing via Apache: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jonathan.deboynepollard/FGA/web-browser-auto-proxy-configuration.html
Best Practices: http://www.websense.com/content/support/library/web/v76/pac_file_best_practices/PAC_best_pract.aspx