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Plan a Multisite Deployment

James McIllece|Last Updated: 1/25/2017
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Applies To: Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 combine DirectAccess and Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) VPN into a single Remote Access role. This overview provides an introduction to the planning steps required in order to deploy Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012 Remote Access in a multisite configuration.

  1. Deploy a Single DirectAccess Server with Advanced Settings. This step includes planning for the infrastructure required to deploy a single server. It includes planning for network and server settings, certificate requirements, DNS settings, network location server deployment, DirectAccess management servers, Active Directory settings, and Group Policy objects (GPOs).

  2. Step 2 Plan the multisite infrastructure. This step includes Active Directory and GPO planning, and DNS configuration.

  3. Step 3 Plan the Multisite Deployment. This step includes planning certificate settings, network location server configuration, client entry point settings, IPv6 prefix settings, and optionally global load balancing settings.


Record your planning decisions for Remote Access advanced deployment. This record can be used as a job aid for everyone involved in completing the deployment steps.

After you have completed these planning steps, see Configuring a multisite deployment.

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