Foundation Topics

Concepts of DirectAccess

DirectAccess is a new feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 that enables users to directly connect to corporate networks from any Internet connection. Once enabled, a user can access network resources as though he were actually at the office. DirectAccess uses IPv6 over IPSec to create a seamless, bidirectional, secured tunnel between the user’s computer and the office network, without the need for a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

DirectAccess differs from a VPN implementation in that users are provided end-to-end authentication and end-to-end encryption. This means that they are connecting to an exact server with data encryption across the entire connection. Furthermore, IT professionals ...

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