Direct Access and Simultaneous VPN? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We currently use Windows 7 Pro computers with Cisco VPN. The problem we have with some remote workers is that go to client sites full time and often must connect to other VPNs all day. Since our VPN and their VPN cannot both be connected at the same time, often they don't get Windows update approvals and downloads, status reporting, offline file syncing and backup of redirected folders since they are almost never connected to our VPN.

    Now that Windows 8.1 Enterprise is available for purchase through the Volume Licensing program without signing up for Software Assurance contracts, we are considering upgrading a few laptops to 8.1 Enterprise and enabling Direct Access as a trial to see if Direct Access would resolve that problem. 

    Does Direct Access still work and allow communication with our network if the user connects to another organization's VPN?

    • Edited by MyGposts Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:15 PM
    Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:14 PM

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  • Hi there, 

    I would say this is a bit tricky question.

    and it depends on the other VPN solution and the configuration as well.

    In DA, when you have split tunnelling enabled ONLY traffic to your corp network will be allowed inside the tunnel and traffic to other destinations will be take up the ISP's DNS/route.

    If your other VPN solution has force tunnelling enabled, that might conflict with DA's working.

    To put the long story short, it purely depends on your DA config and the other VPN config as well.



    Monday, October 27, 2014 8:42 AM
  • So, are you saying that if the other VPN's connection prevents Cisco AnyConnect users from connecting to our domain at the same time, it would then also block Direct Access from connecting at the same time?
    Monday, October 27, 2014 4:23 PM