This is a modified document which I wrote for a Microsoft Workshop at KTSI. It’s a Desgin, Step by Step and a Troubleshooting Guide for Microsoft DirectAccess. This is made for SMB or LAB environments not for Enterprise Deployments.
I hope this guide can help you deploy DirectAccess in your environment and you can enjoy DirectAccess like I do
In the last 3 weeks we had do some little Windows Server projects in a Microsoft Workshop at KTSI. Since I was really interessted in Microsoft DirectAccess as an alternative to “legacy” VPN such as PPTP or L2TP, I made a little project out of that and installed DirectAccess in my LAB. And I also created a documentation step by step documentation for LAB and SMB installations of DirectAccess.
I had some respect of the installation of DirectAccess and the requirements of DirectAccess. But to my surprise after the first try everything worked fine. So if you do everything step by step and pay attention to the details you will succeed.
Now to DirectAccess, it’s not just another VPN technology. It can save users and the IT deparments a lot of time. How many hours do you have spent do troubleshoot VPN connection problems? Now with DirectAccess users can work with their notebooks as they were within the company network. You don’t really care about firewalls or connection losses.
But more on DirectAccess later, I will post the step by step guide later this week.