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  • Blog Post: The Direct Access connection process... according to Netmon.

    The direct access connection process is reasonably straight forward at a high level. When the DA client changes networks it will attempt to contact the Network Location Server (NLS) that you defined while implementing the solution. If the NLS is not available, the DA client assumes it is outside the...
  • Blog Post: Direct Access for Windows 7 Works! ... and then it stops.

    I'm seeing lots of cases were a Direct Access proof of concept has been set up and it works really well for a while with both Windows 8 and Windows 7 (Server 2012 for the DA server - don't waste your time with 2008 R2). The problem is that all of a sudden the Windows 7 test clients stop working. I...
  • Blog Post: Fake Internet Connectivity for your Lab (Tricking NCSI)

    Hello Everyone! Quick and dirty post today just so i don't forget to write it down... Sometimes in your lab you might need your network connection status indicator (NCSI) to say you are on the Internet, even though you are not. The scenario I've been hitting a lot is when I am messing about with...
  • Blog Post: 'Real World' Direct Access installation using Windows Server 2012

    I've got three weeks of helping customers set up and administer Direct Access 2012 coming up so I wanted to make sure I was ready to handle a setup in a 'real world' type scenario. Although we had a massive readiness season for "Windows 2012 Networking" in Charlotte earlier this month I find that sometimes...
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