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Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting by Jordan Krause

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Security hardening the server

Most network administrators view the DirectAccess server, rightfully so, as an "edge" device. Because this device is going to sit on the edge, or so close to it, there is a lot of sense in locking down security in whatever ways you can. You could, of course, take the route of purchasing a prebuilt security appliance for running DirectAccess instead of using your own server. Full disclaimer here; I do work for one of the appliance manufacturers who builds and installs DirectAccess Concentrators every day, but I bring this up only because it is a legitimately secure and performant way to implement DirectAccess in any environment. There are substantial advantages that appliances hold over regular servers, but there is, ...

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