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Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting by Jordan Krause

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Reading the client logfiles

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 have tools which can generate some very helpful logfiles when troubleshooting a DirectAccess connection. In Windows 7, it is named the DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA), and is a systray program that you have to install. In Windows 8, it is named the Network Connectivity Assistant (NCA) and is now baked right into Windows, so you don't have to install anything. This NCA shows up in the list of Network Connections that appears when you click on your networking icon, the same place you would go in Windows 8 to view your available Wi-Fi connections. Whichever operating system you have and therefore whichever tool you are using, the logs generate a lot of the same information. Both logfiles ...

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