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31 Days of our Favorite Things: Simply Connected using DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 (Part 16 of 31)

DirectAccess is easier in Windows Server 2012DirectAccess is not new, but it is improved in Windows Server 2012

For those of you who are not familiar with DirectAccess, let me briefly describe a scenario that I live every week (or three)…

It’s time to fill out and submit expense reports for my many travels and the associated costs to the company.  To do this, Microsoft has an internal tool that is lovingly called “MS Expense”.  It is a browser-based application that requires me to know an internal address.  So.. the address to this web site, plus many of the other internal resources such as HR / Benefits, News, SharePoints.. they’re all at named resources that don’t (and can’t) exist on the Internet.  I need to be on the corporate network.  But… I’m at home.  Or in a hotel / airport / coffee shop.

“So yeah.. big deal.  It’s called a ‘VPN’, Kevin.”

Ah.. but that’s where our experiences diverge.  You (and I, in the past) have had to first make that connection happen as an extra step.  But , with DirectAccess, all I need is to be on the Internet.  Those internal resources are as readily available to me as any Internet resource.  I simply go to “MS Expense”, and start lying.  Surprised smile  ..er… start filling out and submitting my expenses accurately and honestly.  Smile

And for IT Organizations, an added benefit is that the PCs you’re responsible for are also accessible by you.  Inventories and updates and pushing policies or software works as easily as if those machines were on the corporate network, because, in a sense, they are.

Today’s “31 Days of our Favorite Things” article is provided by Sumeeth Evans (@sumeethevans).  He’s going to tell you all about how making DirectAccess happen with a foundation of Windows Server 2012 is so much better than the original. 

HIS ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND HERE.

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Does this sound useful?  Have you been using it in Windows Server 2008 R2?  Have any questions?  That’s what the comments are for.

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.