Enterprise coolness: DirectAccess and other Windows 7 benefits


With so many talked about new features in Windows 7, I have to point out a feature for enterprises that is near and dear to my heart: Direct Access. Anyone who has spent much time accessing their corporate network via a VPN will appreciate this. Direct Access maintains constant direct access between a Windows 7 client and the Internet by using IPv6-over-IPsec to encrypt communications. The new IP-HTTPS protocol for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 allows hosts behind a proxy server or firewall to establish connectivity by tunneling IPv6 packets inside an IPv4-based HTTPS session.


For more on DirectAccess and many of the other benefits for enterprises, check out the new “Learning Snack” video Introducing Windows 7.


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