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Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment

Erez Ben-Ari, Bala Natarajan

Discover how to seamlessly plan and deploy remote access with Windows Server 2012's successor to DirectAccess with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849688284
Paperback328 pages

About This Book

  • The essential administrator’s companion for the successor to DirectAccess
  • Get to grips with configuring, enabling and deploying Unified Remote Access
  • A quick start guide to have you up and running with Windows Server 2012 URA in no time

Who This Book Is For

If you are a System Administrator or Engineer who has strong knowledge of networking and deployment for the Microsoft family of operating systems and software, then "Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment" is for you.

You should have a sound understanding of TCP/IP networking, as well as deploying and supporting Windows Server and Client operating systems.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding IPv6 and IPv4-IPv6 Interoperability
My network's fine, so if it ain't broken, why fix it?
The IPv6 addressing schemes
IPv6 address assignment
IPv6 and name resolution
A little more about DNS
Multiple stacks
Operating system compatibility
Protocol transition technologies
Practical considerations for IPv6 and IPv4
Unified Remote Access and Group Policy
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
Chapter 2: Planning a Unified Remote Access Deployment
Server requirements and placement
Basic scenarios
Group Policy
Client platforms (and unsupported clients)
Cloud scenarios
Advanced scenarios
How much can my server handle?
Chapter 3: Preparing a Group Policy and Certificate Infrastructure
Deploying GPO in an organization
New features with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Group Policy
Planning group membership for URA clients and servers
GPO management policies and authorities
Managing GPO on URA servers and clients
Basic GPO problems and troubleshooting
Introduction to certificates and PKI
Certificates used by URA
Public versus private certificates
Enterprise Certificate Authority versus Standalone Certificate Authority
Root Certificate Authorities and Subordinate Certificate Authorities
Chapter 4: Installing and Configuring the Unified Remote Access Role
Adding the URA role
Configuring the basic URA scenario
Editing the configuration
Network Location Server
Configuring the Name Resolution Policy table
Enabling load balancing
Chapter 5: Multisite Deployment
What is multisite deployment and how does it help?
Multisite scenarios
Network infrastructure considerations and planning
Group Policy planning
DNS considerations
Network Location Server concerns
Deploying load balancing
Certificate authentication
IP-HTTPS and NLS certificates
Connectivity verifier considerations
Windows 7 clients and multisite
The multisite configuration wizard
Adding more entry points
Chapter 6: Cross-premise Connectivity
Evolving remote access challenges
Migration to dynamic cloud
The needs of modern data centers
Dynamic cloud access with URA
Adding a cloud location using Site-to-Site
Basic setup of cross-premise connectivity
Configuration steps
Chapter 7: Unified Remote Access Client Access
Supported clients
Client configuration options
Supported client software and IPv4/IPv6 limitations
Interoperability with Windows 7 clients
Network Connectivity Assistant options
Client manageability considerations
User guidance
Chapter 8: Enhanced Configurations for Infrastructure Servers
Tweaking the management servers list
URA and PowerShell
Configuring IPSec policies with advanced options
Fine-tuning SSL and PKI
Configuring forced tunneling
Advanced options with the NCA
Tweaking IPv6 for complex networks
Chapter 9: Deploying NAP and OTP
NAP basic concepts
Enabling NAP on URA
Introduction to OTP
How OTP works with URA
Enabling OTP
Chapter 10: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Unified Remote Access
Monitoring the URA server (or servers)
Monitoring URA clients
Generating reports
Troubleshooting URA
Common problems, issues, and mistakes
Server troubleshooting
Connectivity problems
Client troubleshooting
Advanced diagnostics

What You Will Learn

  • Refresh your knowledge of various VPN solutions over the years and the history of DA
  • Gain a full picture of the exciting improvements in the new DirectAcess access product in Windows 2012
  • Put URA into perspective by learning about IPv4 and IPv6
  • Review the scenarios and architecture underlying Unified Remote Access
  • Take a deep dive into deploying GPO in an organization
  • Understand Multi-Site scenarios with URA
  • Explore how to deploy cloud-based scenarios for URA
  • Discover interoperability with Windows 7 clients
  • Take advantage of step by step instructions for configuring and enabling URA
  • Fine tune the security and network including advanced configuration with PowerShell
  • Get to grips with URA monitoring and reports
  • Learn to avoid common problems, issues and mistakes

In Detail

DirectAccess, introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2, has been a ground breaking VPN-like connectivity solution, adopted by thousands of organizations worldwide. Allowing organizations to deploy without manually configuring every client and providing always-on connectivity has made this technology world-famous. Now, with Windows Server 2012, this has been made even easier to deploy, with a new friendly user interface, easy-start wizard and built in support tools.

With Unified Remote Access, Windows server 2012 offers a unique way to provide remote access that is seamless and easier to deploy than traditional VPN solutions.

With URA, the successor to DirectAccess, your users can have full network connectivity that is always-on. If you have deployed Windows Server 2012 or are planning to, this book will help you implement Unified Remote Access from concept to completion in no time!

Unified Remote Access, the successor to DirectAccess, offers a new approach to remote access, as well as several deployment scenarios to best suit your organization and needs. This book will take you through the design, planning, implementation and support for URA, from start to finish.

"Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment" starts by exploring the mechanisms and infrastructure that are the backbone of URA, and then explores the various available scenarios and options. As you go through them, you will easily understand the ideal deployment for your own organization, and be ready to deploy quickly and easily. Whether you are looking into the simplest deployment, or a complex, multi-site or cloud scenario, "Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment" will provide all the answers and tools you will need to complete a successful deployment.


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