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Please refer to Microsoft’s own document online for the relevant steps.
I have also installed a publically trusted SSL Certificate installed, and I have a single Windows 8 Enterprise client connected to the server. Open an Elevated Power Shell window and type in: After a few seconds the required tools are installed.
Taking Essentials as an example, we can now run DA using just a standard Internet connected router, and with just our Essentials box as the DA endpoint. If you consider perhaps using Essentials in conjunction with maybe some like Windows Intune, then perhaps it can start to make sense for an SMB sized budget or as part of an MSP style offering.
Personally i think it is very exciting to even have the possibility of using it available, it allows for the creation of some interesting scenarios for deployment such as Essentials boxes, without the need for dedicated VPN tunnels to the data centre.
So, for example if i have an internal server named Server01, i can sit in Starbucks, open up Windows Explorer and go to \Server01 and i can access the resources.
If you don’t know, Direct Access is a ‘clientless’ permanent VPN between a computer and the corporate network.It allows for the computer, not just the user, to have full access to internal resources, from any internet connection that supports HTTPS.