This guide provides information about advantages, disadvantages, requirements, recommendations, and design considerations for deploying DirectAccess. It answers the “What,” “Why,” and “When” questions a deployment design team might ask before deploying DirectAccess in a production environment.


This guide provides recommendations to help you plan a DirectAccess deployment using the Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating system. It is intended for use by infrastructure specialists or system architects who are planning a new DirectAccess deployment. This guide covers DirectAccess deployment goals and design considerations for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) connectivity, access models, packet filtering, infrastructure requirements, and server placement, redundancy, and capacity planning.