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Microsoft DirectAccess Remote Access (VPN) with Windows 10 and Server 2012


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Microsoft DirectAccess is a VPN like remote access technology that is a core component of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Access role. DirectAccess is a unique solution that is designed to replace traditional VPN access. It provides secure, seamless, transparent and always-on remote access to corporate networks for clients running Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, and now, Windows 10.

Windows 10 support is welcome as over half of the 110 million managed Microsoft clients in Enterprise deployments have adopted the latest release. Eager as they are to get the new features Windows 10 offers, such as the new improved Start menu, the modern Edge web browser, Cortana – the intelligent personal assistant, Windows Hello authentication, and many other improvements.

DirectAccess provides these advantages over most traditional VPN solutions:

- Active Directory Domain joined client computers connect automatically rather than connections being user initiated
- Connections seamlessly work through all firewalls
- Supports selected server access when connected
- Can use IPSEC authentication to corporate servers
- Supports end to end encryption of the connection
- Provides transparent failover to another corporate network access point or site if required
- Supports offline domain join for clients that have never been on the corporate network
-Allows central IT staff to manage the remote computers over the DirectAccess connection

The integration with standard corporate Domains and the ability to manage clients remotely is very compelling especially for maintaining a client population that is remote and mobile with users who seldom connect directly to a corporate network.

Windows 10 and DirectAccess work really well in concert to provide a true remote access solution for Windows based clients. One that users will not have to struggle with, and one that IT and security staff can be confident about using.

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Microsoft DirectAccess Remote Access (VPN) with Windows 10 and Server 2012

  1. 1. #DirectAccess Maximize Your Investment in Windows 10 With DirectAccess and KEMP LoadMaster
  2. 2. #DirectAccess Introduction • Richard Hicks • Independent Consultant • Microsoft MVP – Enterprise Security • 20 Year Industry Veteran • Edge Security and Remote Access
  3. 3. #DirectAccess DirectAccess Overview and Demonstration Introduction to Windows 10 DirectAccess Enterprise Features Windows 10 and DirectAccess DirectAccess and the KEMP LoadMaster
  4. 4. #DirectAccess Windows 10 Released July 29, 2015 110 Million Devices Fastest Adoption Rate Ever Half of Microsoft Managed Customers
  5. 5. #DirectAccess What’s New in Windows 10 • New Start Menu • Virtual Desktops • Edge Browser • Windows Hello • Cortana • Universal Apps • Enterprise Data Protection • Passport • Azure AD Integration • Device Guard
  6. 6. #DirectAccess Skipped Windows 8 Planning Migration Maximize Investment in Windows 10
  7. 7. #DirectAccess DirectAccess • Next Generation Remote Access • Windows Server 2012 R2 • Seamless and Transparent • Always On • Bi-directional
  8. 8. #DirectAccess DirectAccess vs. VPN
  9. 9. #DirectAccess VPN User Initiated Manual Process Cumbersome
  10. 10. #DirectAccess DirectAccess Computer Initiated Automatic Easy to Use
  11. 11. #DirectAccess DirectAccess in Action
  12. 12. #DirectAccess DirectAccess Advantages End User Streamlined User Experience Familiar Access Increased Productivity
  13. 13. #DirectAccess DirectAccess Advantages Administrator Always Managed Improved Security and Compliance Reduced Support Costs
  14. 14. #DirectAccess DirectAccess Enterprise Features Local Redundancy • Load-balanced clusters • Easily scalable • Eliminates single point of failure Geographic Redundancy • Multiple physical locations • Automatic site selection* • Transparent failover* * Does not include Windows 7
  15. 15. #DirectAccess Windows 10 and DirectAccess
  16. 16. #DirectAccess Better Together! Full Support for Enterprise Features Automatic Site Selection Transparent Failover Offline Domain Join
  17. 17. #DirectAccess DirectAccess and KEMP
  18. 18. #DirectAccess NLB • Broadcast-based • Poor Visibility • No Granular Control LoadMaster • IP-based • Increased Visibility • Fine-Grained Traffic Control Enhanced Load Balancing
  19. 19. #DirectAccess Native Site Selection • Rudimentary • No Location Awareness • Lacks Entry Point Status Information LoadMaster GEO • Intelligent • Location Aware • Entry Point Health and Load Aware Enhanced Geographic Redundancy
  20. 20. #DirectAccess Network Location Server (NLS) • Used for Inside/Outside Detection • Web Server w/SSL Certificate • Highly Available LoadMaster • Intelligent • GEO for Location Awareness • Used for NLS Enhance Supporting Infrastructure
  21. 21. #DirectAccess KEMP LoadMaster in Action
  22. 22. #DirectAccess DirectAccess Deployment Guide Detailed Information Prescriptive Guidance Advanced Configuration
  23. 23. #DirectAccess About KEMP Technologies
  24. 24. #DirectAccess Company Overview • What We Do – Make applications highly available – Improve scalability & performance – Secure and optimize application delivery • The KEMP Difference – Application/workload-centric – Platform independence/ubiquity – Easy to purchase, deploy and use End Users & Devices Application Workloads
  25. 25. #DirectAccess GEO Enabled LoadMaster How KEMP fits as part of Microsoft Platform Remote Desktop Services SharePoint Servers Exchange Servers SharePoint ADFS Proxy ADFS Farm RDS IIS ADFS Servers Dynamics Servers Skype for Business DirectAccess
  26. 26. #DirectAccess Gartner Magic Quadrant “Kemp has a solid range of physical and virtual appliance deployment options, and is the only vendor that supports native bare-metal deployments on Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Oracle server hardware.” -Gartner
  27. 27. #DirectAccess KEMP Resource Library DirectAccess Deployment Guide ADFS Deployment Guide Remote Desktop Deployment Guide Free KEMP LoadMaster Additional Resources
  28. 28. #DirectAccess