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New on the TechNet Wiki: DirectAccess Survival Guide
DirectAccess was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2, and is greatly improved for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. If you're interested in deploying DirectAccess, regardless of which of these operating systems you use, the new DirectAccess Survival Guide puts all of the Technical...
21 Feb 2014
"Windows Server: The Power of Integration" TechNet Magazine article highlights the DirectAccess with NAP solution guide and Test Lab Guides
Windows Server: The Power of Integration in TechNet Magazine describes how you can use multiple features and technologies of the Windows client and server platforms to create new value in the form of a solution that addresses an IT capability or business need. This article highlights the DirectAccess...
3 Jun 2011
DirectAccess Learning Roadmap wins Excellence Award at the International STC
In this blog post , I described how the Windows Server networking writing team won six awards from the Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The STC is an independent professional association that advances the arts and sciences of technical communication. I am proud...
18 May 2011
Test lab troubleshooting scenario example for DirectAccess published
In this blog post , I described the test lab troubleshooting scenario and how it can be used to extend a troubleshooting test lab guide (TLG) and teach people troubleshooting techniques while they are ramping up technically or evaluating a new product, technology, or feature. I just published DirectAccess...
22 Oct 2010
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 ·...
30 Jul 2010
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. ...
29 Jul 2010
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...
29 Jul 2010
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 DirectAcces s with NAP document The document is here . · Overview of the Test Lab Guide: Troubleshoot...
25 Jun 2010
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...
22 Jun 2010
New “Step By Step Guide: Troubleshoot DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP) in a Test Lab” document available
The new Step By Step Guide: Troubleshoot DirectAccess with Network Access Protection (NAP) in a Test Lab leverages the DirectAccess with NAP test lab configuration described in the Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess with NAP in a Test Lab and teaches you how to troubleshoot Windows Server 2008...
1 Jun 2010
Multi-site DirectAccess design and planning content is now available
With multi-site DirectAccess, you can install DirectAccess servers in multiple sites of an organization to increase capacity and provide more efficient routing when accessing site-specific intranet resources. See Planning for Multi-site DirectAccess . This new topic includes multi-site DirectAccess...
15 Apr 2010
New UAG management pack published
The Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 is now available, which includes monitoring of Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) DirectAccess and its components and measuring user activity for successful DirectAccess client connections . ...
22 Feb 2010
The Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) is now available!
The Solution Accelerators Team has just released the Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) , a solution accelerator that helps streamline end-user support for DirectAccess. The DCA installs on DirectAccess clients and adds an icon to the notification area of the desktop. With this icon...
15 Feb 2010
New DirectAccess management pack published
The Windows 2008 R2 Direct Access Server Management Pack for SC Operations Manager 2007 SP1 is now available, thanks to our very own Corey Plett . Way to go, Corey! Enjoy (in moderation)! Joe Davies Principal Technical Writer The Windows Server Networking Documentation Team
29 Jan 2010
New overview videos for the DirectAccess test lab documents are now available
I recently recorded the following videos to introduce you to the DirectAccess test lab documents: · Overview of the Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab document The document is here . · Overview of the Step By Step Guide: Troubleshoot DirectAccess in a Test Lab document...
28 Jan 2010
Windows Server networking documentation brings home the awards!
At the Puget Sound Society for Technical Communication (STC) Competition Showcase held Tuesday, January 19, 2010, the following was awarded for Windows Server networking IT pro documentation: · Excellence award for the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Design and Deployment Guide , Dave Bishop...
26 Jan 2010
New documentation for DirectAccess in Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) is available
My colleagues on the UAG writing team, including prolific author and industry expert Thomas Shinder, have been busy. If you are looking at DirectAccess, you should also look at what Forefront UAG brings to the overall enterprise DirectAccess solution. The following new documentation for DirectAccess...
13 Jan 2010
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway is now available
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway is now publically available. This IPD guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are key to a successful implementation of Forefront Unified Access Gateway (Forefront UAG). For fans...
14 Dec 2009
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for DirectAccess is now available
The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for DirectAccess is now publically available. In a previous blog post , I reported on the beta version. This new IPD guide provides actionable guidance for designing a DirectAccess infrastructure using Windows Server 2008 R2. The guide’s easy-to-follow...
26 Oct 2009
DirectAccess Deployment Guide is now available!
The DirectAccess Deployment Guide is now available. This guide provides checklists and step-by-step procedures for deploying DirectAccess servers and DirectAccess client settings. Use this guide to answer the “How” questions a deployment team might ask before implementing a DirectAccess design. ...
12 Oct 2009
Beta version of the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for DirectAccess is now available
WSUA Networking Blog
The beta version of the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for DirectAccess is now available through the Microsoft Connect Web site (requires Windows Live ID and registration). This new guide provides actionable, best practices guidance to design your DirectAccess infrastructure. The guide...
18 Sep 2009
DirectAccess Design Guide is now available
The DirectAccess Design Guide is now available and published in the following locations: · As Web articles on TechNet · As a white paper in the Microsoft download center This guide provides information about advantages, disadvantages, requirements, recommendations, and design considerations...
18 Aug 2009
DirectAccess Early Adopter's Guide for Windows Server 2008 RC is available
The DirectAccess Early Adopter's Guide, updated for Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC), is published in the following locations: · As Web articles on TechNet · As a white paper in the Microsoft download center This guide has the latest conceptual, planning, design, deployment, and...
17 Jul 2009
New resources on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 networking published
Check out these new resources on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 networking: · DirectAccess Solution Web page This page describes DirectAccess and provides links to videos, demos, whitepapers, and related Web sites. You can also get to this page from http://www.microsoft.com/directaccess and...
10 Jun 2009
Step-by-Step Guide for setting up DirectAccess in a test lab is now available
Are you curious about DirectAccess , the new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that provides transparent and automatic intranet access when roaming on the Internet? Answer: Yes, what a silly question! Do you want to see it working for yourself? Answer: Yes, right now as a matter of fact...
29 May 2009
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