Blue Coat ProxySG – Splash Page Updates

In my previous blathering’s about BlueCoat splash pages, I always had used the variable $(cs-categories) to identify which BlueCoat WebFilter (BCWF) the requested URL was a child of. But this displays ALL the categories that a specific URL/site is a member of, not just the one that is the criteria for the block.

In your day to day administration and troubleshooting of BlueCoat proxy, you have no doubt seen URL’s/site’s with multiple categorizations. You are probably also familiar with trying to identify why a certain URL/site has been blocked by part of your policy, and narrow the multiple categories to a single category that is the criteria for the block (unless it is a custom-made one with a name you recognize, then its easily handled).

Well, with the addition of a little extra exception splash page coding, you can extract the information you require, and have it displayed right alongside your existing splash page data. The extra variable is very simple – $(exception.category). What this variable does, is to identify only the category that was tagged as criteria for the block, which should look something like this:

And walla… Now you do not have to bang your head trying to identify which of the categories is the criteria for the block…