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Barracuda NextGen Firewall X

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How to Enforce YouTube for Schools in the Firewall

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YouTube for Schools will be discontinued as of July 1, 2016. Google is offering current YouTube for Schools users and all G Suite users a new way restrict YouTube content, per this Google article.

If you already have a YouTube for Schools token, you can continue using YouTube for Schools with the Barracuda NextGen Firewall until July 1, 2016. Google has stopped issuing YouTube for Schools tokens.

The Barracuda NextGen Firewall X-Series can transparently add YouTube for Schools restrictions for all connections that the X-Series Firewall forwards to YouTube without the need to configure the clients. Enable YouTube for Schools for access rules matching HTTP and HTTPS traffic connecting to YouTube.


  • YouTube for Schools relies on YouTube to honor and filter the search results. The X-Series Firewall can enable this feature, but the execution is left up to YouTube.
  • YouTube for Schools is not enforced for mobile YouTube apps.

Before You Begin

Create a YouTube for Schools account. For more information, see Signing Up and Getting Started with YouTube for Schools

Step 1. Enter the YouTube for Schools Token

The YouTube for Schools token is a unique ID identifying your YouTube for Schools account.

  1. Go to Firewall > Settings.
  2. Enter your YouTube for Schools token.

Step 2. Create an Access Rule to Enforce YouTube for Schools

  1. Go to FIREWALL > Firewall Rules.
  2. Click Add Access Rule.
  3. Create a PASS access rule with the following settings:
    • Name –  Enter Name for the access rule. For example, LAN-2-YOUTUBEFORSCHOOLS
    • Source – Select a network object containing the subnets for which YouTube for Schools must be enforced and click +.
    • Network Services – Select to HTTP+S and click +.
    • Destination – Select Internet and click +.
    • Connection – Select Default (SNAT).
  4. Set Application Control to Yes.
  5. Set SSL Inspection to Yes.
  6. Click the Advanced tab.
  7. Set YouTube for Schools to Yes.
  8. Click Save.

Step 3. Verify the Order of the Access Rule 

New rules are created at the bottom of the firewall ruleset. Rules are processed from top to bottom in the ruleset. Drag your access rule to a slot in the rule list, so that no access rules before it matches this traffic. Verify that your rules are placed above the BLOCKALL rule. Otherwise, the rule never matches.

After adjusting the order of rules in the ruleset, click Save.

Step 4. Verify that YouTube for Schools is Working

  1. Open your browser and go to
  2. Verify that the parameter edufilter followed by your YouTube for Schools token is appended to the URL.


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