Windows Server

FW02 Secure Access from Everywhere! Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2012 R2

August 15th, 2014

9:00am - 12:00pm

Level: Intermediate Advanced

Richard Hicks

Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP

Founder and Principal Consultant

Richard M Hicks Consulting

With today's highly mobile workforce, secure access regardless of location is essential for maintaining productivity. DirectAccess, a remote access technology included with Windows Server 2012 R2, is a paradigm shift in the way remote access is delivered. DirectAccess provides always-on, seamless and transparent remote access any time a client is connected to the Internet. With DirectAccess, users access data and applications remotely in exactly the same way as in the office. Network communication is protected using IPsec encryption and authenticated using Kerberos, NTLM, and certificates. In addition, DirectAccess connectivity is bi-directional, enabling compelling manage-out capabilities not available with tradition VPN solutions.

Join DirectAccess expert Richard Hicks in this session and dig deep into DirectAccess atop Windows Server 2012 R2. You'll learn how to plan for DirectAccess and gather the necessary infrastructure prerequisites required for your deployment model. You'll learn how to implement DirectAccess using security and configuration best practices, and explore the tips and tricks that ensure a successful DirectAccess deployment.

Richard has been deploying DirectAccess for years in environments both small and large. In this session he'll share his production experience implementing DirectAccess in a highly available, redundant manner to guarantee the highest levels of uptime.

You will learn:

  • About the remote access capabilities included in Windows Server 2012/R2
  • How to configure a server for VPN access using security best practices
  • How to choose the best, most secure remote access protocols, along with strong authentication methods
  • How to enable cross-premises network connectivity between their corporate network and Windows Azure virtual networks