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DirectAccess Network Deployment Scenarios

When DirectAccess was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2, and continuing with Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 DirectAccess, there was a hard requirement for the DirectAccess server to be configured with two network interfaces; one internal, and one external. The external network interface also required two consecutive public IPv4 addresses and did not support placement behind a Network Address Translation (NAT) device.


Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess and Forefront UAG 2010 - Better Together

When DirectAccess was first introduced as a feature of Windows Server 2008 R2, many considered the concept of always-on, secure remote access a natural evolution of traditional Virtual Private Networking (VPN) technologies. VPN had gone from being something that only IT administrators needed to provide remote support for their systems to an essential productivity tool for the modern, mobile workforce. Unfortunately, DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2 was a bit ahead of its time. The idea was an excellent one, but in practice it was difficult to implement and carried steep infrastructure requirements, the most challenging of those being the requirement to deploy IPv6 on the internal network.

Adding OTP AUthentication to the UAG DirectAccess Deployment

DirectAccess is a seamless way to connect to company resources without dialing or logging into any other server. The default configuration of the DirectAccess uses Kerberos and certificates to create IPsec tunnels for a secure connection. So, how does it work? Well, the user connects their Windows 7 machine to the internet and machine creates the first IPsec tunnel, called the “Infrastructure Tunnel,” with the DirectAccess server.

SharePoint publishing through TMG vs. UAG: Capabilities and Benefits

Many of our customers wonder if it is better to use TMG or UAG for Sharepoint publishing, or whether either should be used at all. The answer, while not complex, involves some consideration of the relative capabilities and benefits of both pieces of software. In this post we will try to outline the key differences which will answer these questions. This post will give you a high level overview of the basic differences between the two.

We aren’t IPv6-ready yet, what do we need to deploy DirectAccess?

Every IT manager, when deciding on a strategy for deploying DirectAccess for their corporate users, has the following questions on their mind about IPv6:

When you have no excuse to not deploy Microsoft DirectAccess

As we have described in a previous blog post, Microsoft DirectAccess has many benefits over traditional VPN: http://www.nappliance.com/blog/nappliance-nuag-and-directaccess-better-together.

What role does DNS64 and NAT64 play in UAG Direct Access?

By now, most of us know what DirectAccess is. For those who don’t, Direct Access is a revolutionary VPN technology which was introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2. It provides seamless connectivity to corporate resources without requiring any dial-up or VPN. DirectAccess connectivity is based on IPsec, IPV6, and transition technologies like Teredo, 6to4, IP-HTTPS, and ISATAP. In DirectAccess, the IPv6 traffic is encapsulated in an IPv4 packet and is then sent across the internet, after which the DirectAccess server reads the IPv6 headers and executes it.

Best practices when deploying TMG URL Filtering

Microsoft Threat Management Gateway 2010 brings a lot of new and enhanced features to edge network security. Ever since Microsoft started with Proxy Server 2.0, and then ISA Server, URL filtering has always been something which administrators have wanted. Every company has their own IT policies and most companies want to restrict their users from visiting inappropriate or unsafe websites during their office hours from company-owned machines.

Why is UAG DirectAccess better than traditional VPN?

In our previous post at http://www.nappliance.com/blog/nappliance-nuag-and-directaccess-better-together we highlighted how UAG and DirectAccess are better together and the benefits of connecting through the DirectAccess. In this post we will concentrate on the advantages DirectAccess has over the traditional VPN connectivity and why companies would want to move away from the VPN infrastructure.

UAG 2010: Error "Applying Network Access Protection configuration failed"

 

Problem:

When trying to activate the configuration on a UAG server, you might find that the activation failed and you can see the following error messages in the status window:

Error: Applying Network Access Protection configuration failed.

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