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Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting by Jordan Krause

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NIC configuration

The vast majority of DirectAccess implementations will be of the two-leg fashion, with a Network Interface Card (NIC) for the external network, and another NIC for the internal network. This makes perfect sense, because this is your gateway into the corporate network from the computers in the wild; therefore, to most it is viewed as an edge device, and having separation of internal and external networks is a common network security best practice. So, just make sure my server has two network cards, plug them into the right switches, and configure IP addresses like I do on my desktop, right? No. In the Windows world, you need to take great care when defining your networking topology, particularly with the default gateway setting. ...

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