The Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems introduce DirectAccess, a new solution that provides users with the same experience working remotely as they would have when working in the office. With DirectAccess, remote users can access corporate file shares, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). Further DirectAccess separates intranet traffic from Internet traffic as shown on the right and reduces unnecessary traffic on the corporate network.
DirectAccess requirements include:
Here’s how DirectAccess works:
Notice the DirectAccess connection process happens automatically once a DirectAccess client boots up without requiring a user to log on.