The march of the Test Lab Guides continues!

Today I’m offering up to you a Test Lab Guide I think you’re really going to like – the Test Lab Guide – Demonstrate UAG SP1 RC DirectAccess with NAP. In this Test Lab Guide, we change up the NAP settings by putting the Network Policy Server (NPS) and Health Registration Authority (HRA) on the UAG DirectAccess server itself. This is in contrast to how we did it in the previous Test Lab Guide for NAP (Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate UAG DirectAccess and NAP), where we set up the NPS server and the HRA server on DC1. The ability to put the NPS and HRA servers on the UAG server itself is new with UAG SP1.

image

Why would you want to put the NPS and HRA servers on the UAG server or the servers in the UAG DirectAccess array?

Some reasons why you might want to do this include:

  • You don’t have a NAP infrastructure yet, and you want a quick and easy way to test NAP
  • You don’t have a NAP infrastructure yet, but you are planning on deploying NAP for DirectAccess clients, so putting the NPS and HRA servers on the UAG array members seems like a smart way of doing things.
  • You want to deploy NAP for your UAG DirectAccess clients, but you don’t have a lot of time to learn about NAP, so you need a quick and easy way to get NAP deployed
  • You want to deploy NAP for both DirectAccess clients and internal clients, but you haven’t put together the NAP solution yet, but you’d like to easily deploy NAP for your UAG DirectAccess pilot deployment

Of course, there might be other reasons why you’d like to put the NPS and HRA servers on the UAG DirectAccess server or array members. And, you might find that you like NAP so much that after you’ve deployed it for your DirectAccess clients, you’ll want to create a larger deployment. That option is still available to you.

I hope you like the Test Lab Guide – Demonstrate UAG SP1 RC DirectAccess with NAP!

Let me know if there is anything I can do to improve it – or if there are other features or configuration options regarding DirectAccess and NAP that you’ll want to see in the RTM version of the document. Also, if you want any questions or need help with the TLG, just let me know! Write to me at the address in my sig line and I’ll get right back to you.

HTH,

Tom

Tom Shinder
tomsh@microsoft.com
Knowledge Engineer, Microsoft DAIP iX/SCD iX
UAG Direct Access/Anywhere Access Group (AAG)
The “Edge Man” blog (DA all the time):
http://blogs.technet.com/tomshinder/default.aspx
Follow me on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/tshinder
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/tshinder