DirectAccess Planning Q&A

  • Which client operating systems can connect using DirectAccess?

    Answer: Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise, and Windows 8.x Enterprise. You'll notice that the Professional SKU is missing from this list. That is correct, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Pro do not contain the DirectAccess connectivity components. Yes, this does mean that Surface Pro tablets cannot utilize DirectAccess out of the box. However, I have seen many companies now install Windows 8 Enterprise onto their Surface tablets, effectively turning them into "Surface Enterprises." This works fine and does indeed enable them to be DirectAccess clients. In fact, I am currently typing this text on a DirectAccess-connected Surface "Pro turned Enterprise" tablet. ...

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