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Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting

Jordan Krause

Secure and efficient functioning of your DirectAccess environment
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782171065
Paperback116 pages

About This Book

  • Learn how to make Manage Out work for your DirectAccess clients without compromising your network
  • Learn how to understand enormous logfiles along with common troubleshooting criteria
  • Explore some unique troubleshooting scenarios and learn the solutions
  • Includes illustrations and screenshots with clear, step-by-step instructions and examples from the field

Who This Book Is For

Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting is an ideal guide for any existing or future DirectAccess administrator and system administrators who are working on Windows Server 2012. This book will also be beneficial for someone with a basic knowledge of networking and deployment of Microsoft operating systems and software who wants to learn the intricacies of DirectAccess and its interfaces.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: DirectAccess Server Best Practices
Preparing your Remote Access servers for DirectAccess
NIC configuration
NIC binding
MAC address spoofing for virtual machines
Adding static routes
Hostname and domain membership
Time for certificates
Adding the roles
Don't use the Getting Started Wizard!
Security hardening the server
Chapter 2: DirectAccess Environmental Best Practices
To NAT or not to NAT?
Planning for Certificates (PKI)
Defining your GPOs and security groups
Setting up the Network Location Server (NLS)
Do I need IPv6 or ISATAP?
Teredo and 6to4 tips and tricks
Chapter 3: Configuring Manage Out to DirectAccess Clients
Pulls versus pushes
What does Manage Out have to do with IPv6?
Creating a selective ISATAP environment
Setting up client-side firewall rules
RDP to a DirectAccess client
No ISATAP with multisite DirectAccess
Chapter 4: General DirectAccess Troubleshooting
Remote Access Management Console
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Reading the client logfiles
What happened to Teredo?
Clients with native IPv6
Chapter 5: Unique DirectAccess Troubleshooting Scenarios
What happens when NLS is offline?
I enabled NLB and DA broke!
IPv4 applications don't connect over DA
Cannot contact some servers

What You Will Learn

  • Prepare your DirectAccess server to adhere to best practice standards
  • Configure the environment correctly so that it is prepared to help, not hinder, your implementation
  • Implement certificates to be used with DirectAccess with precession
  • Learn how to tame ISATAP and make it work for you
  • Train your brain to read those huge logfiles in less than ten seconds
  • Journey through advanced troubleshooting scenarios
  • Diagnose real-world problems for situations taken directly from the field
  • Get your IPv4 applications working over DirectAccess

In Detail

DirectAccess is an amazing Microsoft technology that is truly the evolution of VPN; any Microsoft-centric shop needs this technology. DirectAccess is an automatic remote access solution that takes care of everything from planning to deployment.

Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting will provide you with the precise steps you need to take for the very best possible implementation of DirectAccess in your network. You will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from administrators and explore unique troubleshooting scenarios that you will want to understand in case they happen to you.

Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting outlines best practices for configuring DirectAccess in any network. You will learn how to configure Manage Out capabilities to plan, administer, and deploy DirectAccess client computers from inside the corporate network. You will also learn about a couple of the lesser-known capabilities within a DirectAccess environment and the log information that is available on the client machines.

This book also focuses on some specific cases that portray unique or interesting troubleshooting scenarios that DirectAccess administrators may encounter. By describing the problem, the symptoms, and the fixes to these problems, the reader will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the way DirectAccess works and why these external influences are important to the overall solution.


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