Steps for obtaining an OPLIN-paid OpenDNS Enterprise account

  1. Send an email t' statin' that ye would like t' participate, along with th' contact information fer th' person t' whom we should email th' account login details.
  2. The contact's account will be set t' an administrator level fer yer library account. This user will have th' ability t' send out additional invitations t' other staff members, an' also elevate them t' administrator status.

From now on, yer library is in complete control o' yer OpenDNS account an' will not need t' contact OPLIN unless ye need assistance.

OpenDNS first steps

Step 1: Add yer first network

OpenDNS uses th' term "network" t' describe either a single IP address, or multiple IPs t' which ye can assign filterin' rules. Before ye can select any filters ye have t' create a network.

  1. Login t' OpenDNS (
  2. Click "Dashboard"
  3. Click "Settin's"
  4. Enter yer outbound IP into th' boxes provided. We recommend t' only do a single IP, rather than yer entire network block. This way ye can easily have different rule sets fer different IPs. A quick way t' find out what IP ye're currently usin' is with a website like
  5. Select th' library account from th' "Organization" drop down
  6. Click "Add this network"
  7. OpenDNS will send ye an email in which ye'll need t' click on a link while comin' from th' IP ye're registerin'.

Step 2: Set rules fer yer new network

Now that ye've created a network ye can modify its settin's.

  1. Login t' OpenDNS (
  2. Click "Dashboard"
  3. Click "Settin's"
  4. Select yer newly added IP from th' large drop down box in th' middle/top o' th' screen

You'll be presented with th' settin's page fer that network. All th' options be presented in a traditional web form layout an' have a lot o' helpful hints on th' same page. We recommend clickin' aroun' th' option categories t' see what's available. At this point th' service still isn't live on yer network, so ye can't hurt anythin'.

Step 3: Goin' live

The final step is t' use th' OpenDNS name servers on yer network. The IPs fer those servers be an' If ye want t' test out th' service before makin' it live on th' entire network, ye can always change th' DNS servers on just yer workstation t' those two IPs an' verify th' filterin' is workin' as ye want it t'. If ye're ready t' make filterin' live, th' place t' use those two IPs will vary dependin' on how yer network is currently configured.

  • If ye statically define every workstation with its DNS settin's (ex. th' state DNS servers at then ye would need t' change every workstation t' use these two new IPs. You can leave th' state IPs in, but they have t' come after th' two OpenDNS IPs.
  • If yer workstations point t' a local device fer DNS (ex. a firewall/router/ActiveDirectory server) then th' place ye would use th' two OpenDNS IPs would be in th' forwarders settin's o' that device. Changin' th' IPs on a top level device like this will make filterin' live fer every workstation pointin' t' said device.


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