DirectAccess enables remote users to securely access shared resources, Web sites, and applications on an internal network without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). DirectAccess
establishes bi-directional connectivity with an internal network every time a DirectAccess-enabled computer is connected to the Internet. Users never have to think about connecting to the internal network, and IT administrators can manage remote computers
outside the office, even when the computers are not connected to the VPN.
In Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012, DirectAccess is a role service of the Remote Access server role. Following are DirectAccess resources in the Windows Server 2012 R2
and Windows Server 2012 Technical Library.
Remote Access (DirectAccess, Routing and Remote Access) Overview
Deploy a Single Remote Access Server using the Getting Started Wizard
Deploy a Single Remote Access Server with Advanced Settings
DirectAccess Offline Domain Join
Remote Access (DirectAccess) Known Issues
Remote Access (DirectAccess) Prerequisites
Remote Access (DirectAccess) Unsupported Configurations
Remote Access (DirectAccess) Troubleshooting
DirectAccess Capacity Planning
Migrate from Forefront UAG SP1 DirectAccess to Windows Server 2012
Add DirectAccess to an Existing Remote Access (VPN) Deployment
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a cluster with Windows NLB
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate a DirectAccess multisite deployment
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess with OTP authentication and RSA SecurID
Following are DirectAccess resources in the Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Library.
DirectAccess Learning Roadmap
DirectAccess Design Guide
DirectAccess Deployment Guide
DirectAccess Troubleshooting Guide
Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for DirectAccess
Deploying, Managing, and Using the DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant
Following are links to TechNet Wiki articles about DirectAccess.
DirectAccess and the Branch Office
Considerations When Using Ping to Troubleshoot DirectAccess Connectivity
DirectAccess and Teredo Adapter Behavior
DirectAccess and IPSec Tunnel Establishment
Forefront UAG DirectAccess: Application Compatibility Table
Running Lync 2013 client on DirectAccess Computer