Understand Anywhere Access
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: November 27, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
The Anywhere Access functionalities in Windows Server 2012 Essentials—Remote Web Access, virtual private network, and DirectAccess (manual configuration steps required), enable your network users to access server resources from any location with an Internet connection, at any time, and on any device.
Remote Web Access in Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides a stream-lined, touch-friendly browser experience for accessing applications and data from virtually anywhere that you have an Internet connection and by using almost any device. To use the Remote Web Access functionality, you must first turn it on by using the Set Up Anywhere Access Wizard, and then set up your router and domain name. Using Remote Web Access, you can:
Access shared files and folders on the server.
Access your server and computers on the network. This means that you can access the desktop of a networked computer as if you were sitting in front of it at your office.
For information about configuring Remote Web Access, see Manage Remote Web Access in Windows Server Essentials.
Virtual private network (VPN) connections enable users working at home or on the road to access a server on a private network using the infrastructure provided by a public network, such as the Internet. For more information, see Configure virtual private network (VPN) to connect to Windows Server Essentials.
DirectAccess is a feature in Windows Server 2012 Essentials that enables you to seamlessly connect to your organization’s network from any Internet-equipped remote location without having to establish a virtual private network (VPN) connection. DirectAccess provides increased productivity for your organization’s mobile workforce by offering the same connectivity experience inside and outside of the office. For step-by-step instructions to configure DirectAccess, see Configure DirectAccess in Windows Server Essentials.