DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant 2.0 RC – now available for download

DCA 2.0 RC provides the following functionality:

  • Provides DirectAccess users with connectivity information. Users can view their DirectAccess connectivity status at all times.
  • Provides diagnostics and troubleshooting features. DCA 2.0 RC provides tools to help users reconnect if problems arise, and create diagnostics to provide IT administrators with troubleshooting information.
  • Supports one-time password (OTP) authentication for DirectAccess users required to authenticate using OTP.

Note: DCA 2.0 RC can be installed on Windows 7 computers that connect to the corporate network using DirectAccess running on a Windows Server 2012 RC computer. It can be installed on Windows 7 computers that do not have DCA installed, or on computers running DCA 1.0 or DCA 1.5. DCA 2.0 RC should not be installed on computers running Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It should also not be installed on Windows 7 computers that connect to the corporate network using DirectAccess running on a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer or on a Forefront UAG server.

The download includes the following components:

  • A zip file ( containing a collection of all the files in this download.
  • GPO templates (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_GP.adml; DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_GP.admx) for configuring DCA settings on client computers.
  • Installation files (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_x64.msi; DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_x86.msi) required to install the application on 64-bit or 32-bit client computers.
  • An administrators guide (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_AdminGuide.docx) that describes how to configure the GPO templates, and install the application.
  • A user guide (DirectAccess_Connectivity_Assistant_2_0_RC_UserGuide.docx) that can be distributed to client computers running DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) 2.0 RC.

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Comments (6)

  1. Joseph Worrall says:

    All well and good and love your posts by the way – BUT – where is the Enterprise version of Windows 8 Release Preview for us Microsoft partners to test Direct Access and the rest of the business features??? We setup the 2012 release candidate server for testing here and upgraded our personal laptops to Windows 8 release preview and then BAM!, found out that Direct Access is not licensed in the release preview build as it was in the last preview. Very annoying and it does not show much love for business partners. Come on Microsoft!

  2. Keith Combs says:

    I am checking on this.

  3. Miha Pecnik says:

    Another dissapointed admin here.…/f053dd4e-4455-4e84-845d-37df7cfcbc66…/00d209cd-85da-466d-be60-da850cb7cd02

    Hopefully a fix will be provided soon. Has anyone used Windows 8 Customer Preview with 2012 RC, is this the only way to get it working right now?

  4. Terry W says:

    No news = bad news?

  5. Keith Combs says:

    I haven't heard anything back from the product group.  If i do, I will certainly relay the message. You might try the Windows Team blog or the product development blog at  Sorry.

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