Technical Note - Web Browser Setup
Normally, the web browsers at ECS are setup for you. If you are setting up a personal machine, or are having difficulties with your account on an ECS machine, you can follow the steps here to setup your web browser to have access to the web.
Some accounts have limited web access (especially first-year students) which is detailed in the Access to Internet Resources
ECS has a web cache
proxy server which all HTTP
traffic must be routed through in order to access non-Victoria University web pages. Your web browser must be configured to use this cache in order to operate on the ECS network.
The proxy configuration file can be found at:
It is recommended all users use this file, as we may upgrade the file with new functionality.
tries to work out if your browser is running on the VUW network and only direct traffic to the proxy if it thinks it is (as if you are outside the VUW network you will want to go direct).
If you need to configure a direct connection to the proxy note that it is
, but use of the
is definitely prefered where possible.
Setting up your browser
, Advanced then Network and click on Change proxy settings
and select Use proxy autoconfiguration URL
and enter the above address.
Go to the Settings
menu and choose Configure Konqueror
and click on Proxy
. Click Use the following proxy configuration URL
and enter the address above.
Go to the Edit
menu and choose Preferences
. Click on Advanced
then the Network
tab. Click the Settings
button and then select the Automatic proxy configuration URL
radio button. Enter the address above.
Internet Explorer 6
Go to the Tools
menu and choose Internet Options
. In the window that then appears, choose the Connections
tab. Now click on the LAN Settings
button. Click on the Use automatic configuration script
checkbox, and type the address above.
Internet Explorer 7
In addition to the requirements for IE6
, go the the Tools
menu and choose Internet Options
. In the window that appears, chose the Advanced
tab. Unselect the option Enable Integrated Windows Authentication
. Click OK
, then restart Internet Explorer.
This will not fix Windows Update. In order to make WIndows Update work, you need to install the "Windows Support Tools" from a Windows XP CD. Go to Run...
from the Start Menu and type
. In the new window, type the commands:
ksetup /setrealm ECS.VUW.AC.NZ
ksetup /addkdc ECS.VUW.AC.NZ krb1.ecs.vuw.ac.nz
ksetup /addkdc ECS.VUW.AC.NZ krb2.ecs.vuw.ac.nz
ksetup /mapuser ecsusername@ECS.VUW.AC.NZ "localusername"
then reboot the computer.
Microsoft Edge and Latest IE on Windows 8/10
Follow instructions for IE7
. In general, internet options can be opened by
1. Right click Start
2. Click Control Panel
3. Network Internet>Internet Options
Mac OS X
Mac OS X uses a centralised proxy system that most Mac OS X programs will respect. Notably, Mozilla Firefox will not. You should follow the Firefox
instructions if you are using that, rather than Safari or Camino.
Open System Preferences
. Click on Network
. Select "Built-in Ethernet" and click Configure
. Click the Proxies
tab. For 10.4 (Tiger) and below, untick all the proxy servers in the list but check Automatic Proxy Configuration
and type the address above. For 10.5 (Leopard), change the Configure Proxies
drop-down to "Using a PAC file" and enter the address above. Click Apply Now
If you use a laptop, you might want to create a new location in the Network
preference pane. This will save settings for a specific location. Usually you would have one to use with ECS, and one to use with your home network. You can switch between locations quickly by selecting Location...
from the Apple menu in the top-left.