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DirectAccess Deployment Paths in Windows Server

Published: June 11, 2014

Applies To: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2



This topic provides a listing of the documentation for the three main Remote Access deployment paths: Basic, Advanced and Enterprise. Also listed are the Managing and Migrating documents that are available for Windows Server® 2012 and Windows Server® 2012 R2.

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You can use the section below to gain an understanding of the differences between DirectAccess Basic, Advanced, or Enterprise deployment paths, and you can use the documentation links to locate the deployment guide that is best suited to your goals.

Following is a listing of the documentation for the three main Remote Access deployment paths: Basic, Advanced and Enterprise. Also listed are the Managing and Migrating documents available for this release.

With a basic DirectAccess deployment, DirectAccess is configured with default settings by using a wizard, without any need to configure infrastructure settings such as a certification authority (CA) or Active Directory security groups.

With an advanced DirectAccess deployment, you deploy a single DirectAccess server and configure network infrastructure servers to support DirectAccess.

An Enterprise DirectAccess deployment allows you to use Enterprise networking features, such as a load-balanced cluster, a multisite deployment, or two-factor client authentication. The following guides provide information about deploying DirectAccess in an Enterprise environment.

The following guides provide information about how to deploy a clustered DirectAccess solution for high availability.

The following guides provide information about deploying DirectAccess when you have multiple sites.

The following guides provide information about deploying DirectAccess with one time passwords (OTPs).

The following guides provide information about capacity planning for high availability, deploying DirectAccess in a multi-forest environment, and using DirectAccess offline domain join.

The following guides provide information about managing DirectAccess.

The following guides provide information about migrating DirectAccess to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012.

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