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Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting by Jordan Krause

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Planning for Certificates (PKI)

Certificate planning is traditionally the most confusing aspect of DirectAccess for anybody coming into it fresh, and unfortunately, I have spoken to dozens of administrators who tried to create a lab or proof-of-concept for DirectAccess and gave up, because they couldn't figure out what was actually necessary in their Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), or the requirements looked too complicated to be worth their time and the project was abandoned. Don't worry! If you have a Windows Certificate Authority (CA) server in your environment, you meet the requirements. And even if you don't, it is very easy to setup a CA server. I think the worst part about certificates with DirectAccess is figuring out which information ...

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