Institute of Molecular Life Sciences

Proxy Server

Configuration and Usage of the UZH Web/FTP-Proxy Server

Purpose: The UZH Proxy server, operated by the Center for Informatics Services ("Informatikdienste"), allows access to restricted web pages from home or elsewhere outside the UZH computer network, e.g. you may browse scientific journals or download software from the UZH FTP server.

What is a proxy server?

A server that sits between a client application, such as a Web browser, and a real server. It intercepts all requests to the real server to see if it can fulfill the requests itself. If not, it forwards the request to the real server.

Automatic Proxy settings for the University network

The web browsers of the Netscape/Mozilla family may be configured automatically using the following settings (on Macs and PCs):

    http://www.uzh.ch/id/proxy/config.pac 

Open the Preferences window and paste the URL mentioned above into the text field "Automatic proxy configuration URL:". The Preferences window is located in the following menu:

Mac OS X, Safari:
Safari uses the system-wide settings saved in the network location "System Preferences | Network | {Location} | Proxies"

Mac OS X, Firefox 2.x/3.x:
"Firefox | Preferences | Network | Connection | Settings"

Mac OS X, Opera:
"Opera | Preferences | Advanced | Network | Proxy Servers..." Once the Proxy server is configured it may be easily switched on and off in
"Opera | Quick Preferences"

Windows, Firefox:
"Tools | Options | General | Connection Settings"

Windows, Opera:
"Tools | Preferences | Advanced | Network | Proxy Servers..." Once the Proxy server is configured it may be easily switched on and off in
"Tools | Quick Preferences"

Firefox user may benefit from an extension named "SwitchProxy". SwitchProxy allows switching the Proxy server on and off with a single mouse click

Automatic Proxy configuration

Authentication

In order to access the proxy server from outside the University network you have to authenticate with username and password. Please use your UZH short name as "User Name" and the password for the "Proxy" service (this may be set/changed in ITIM). Please, note that the password for the Proxy service must be different from all other service passwords in ITIM.

Proxy Authentication

Manual Proxy settings for the University network

    FTP Proxy: proxy.uzh.ch, Port: 3128 
    HTTP Proxy: proxy.uzh.ch, Port: 3128         
        

The following setting is necessary only from within the University network. Do not use for external connecions:

    No Proxy for: uzh.ch

Informatikdienste

Der Proxy Service der UZH

Proxy Service (German)Firefox Extension (Add-on) SwitchProxy
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