DirectAccess Deployment Guide updated with instructions to move the IPsec gateway

The DirectAccess Deployment Guide has been updated with the following topics that describe how to move the Internet Protocol security (IPsec) gateway function of a default-configured DirectAccess server to another computer: ·         Checklist: Moving the IPsec Gateway to Another Server ·         Configure the Intra-Server Subnet ·         Configure the IPv6 Connectivity Server ·         Configure the IPsec…


DirectAccess test lab guides updated to support the new Base Configuration test lab

The two DirectAccess test lab guides (TLGs) to demonstrate DirectAccess and DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP) have been updated to support the new Base Configuration test lab. The new structure and dependencies of these three documents can be best shown in the following figure.  You start with the Base Configuration test lab, which configures…


The Base Configuration Test Lab: Wanna Make Something of IT?

The new Base Configuration test lab guide (TLG) provides instructions on how to configure the Base Configuration test lab, a simplified test lab network that emulates the Internet and a private intranet. Four server computers provide the networking, Active Directory, and Web infrastructure and a client computer that can attach to either network. The following…


Compliance reporting using DirectAccess with NAP

The TechNet Magazine article titled Compliance Reporting: First Step in Controlling Client Cloud Access, by Dan Griffin and Lee Walker, tells you how improve your auditing and compliance reporting by using Network Access Protection (NAP) and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) enforcement to control client access through DirectAccess. Details describe how to generate the data and…


New DirectAccess test lab extension stub topics and test lab extension template in the TechNet Wiki

The following DirectAccess test lab extension stub topics in the TechNet Wiki are now available in the TechNet Wiki: Using Smart Cards for Additional Authorization Using Native IPv6 on the Corpnet Subnet Using Remote Access VPN in Parallel with DirectAccess Installing and Using the DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) If you have any experience in configuring…


New DirectAccess with NAP test lab document videos available

I recently recorded the following videos to introduce you to the new DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP) test lab documents: ·    Overview of the Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess with NAP document The document is here. ·    Overview of the Test Lab Guide: Troubleshoot DirectAccess with NAP document The document is here. Enjoy!   Joe DaviesPrincipal…


New Microsoft IT Technical Case Study for Forefront UAG 2010 published

Take a look at Forefront UAG DirectAccess Provides Anywhere Access to Corporate Resources for Mobile Workers, a new Technical Case Study that describes how Microsoft IT uses DirectAccess in Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 to provide seamless remote access to Microsoft employees. If you are looking at DirectAccess for an enterprise, DirectAccess in Forefront UAG…


DirectAccess test lab discussion integrated into the DirectAccess guides

Test lab guides, currently known as “step-by-step” guides, provide instructions to configure a feature, technology, or product in a test lab with a minimum number of steps and computers. Based on the success (almost 40,000 successful downloads) and positive feedback on the DirectAccess test lab guide, I have integrated the discussion of the DirectAccess test…


New DirectAccess Test Lab Guide portal page published in the TechNet Wiki

DirectAccess Test Lab for Windows Server 2008 R2 is a new topic in the TechNet Wiki that summarizes and links to all of the resources on test lab guides for DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2. There are links to all four test lab guides for DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP), which are designed for the following…


DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP), The Cable Guy article for June 2010

The Cable Guy article for June 2010, titled “DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP),” is now available. This article includes a detailed discussion of the different Internet Protocol security (IPsec) tunnels that DirectAccess clients use and how to configure DirectAccess connection security rules to enforce system health requirements before allowing access to the intranet. For a listing of the…