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Laying the Groundwork

Laying the Groundwork

Aside from the need for IPv6, or IPv6 workarounds, DirectAccess also requires Windows Server 2008 R2. If you don’t already have a server infrastructure built on Windows Server 2008 R2, there are things you can do to start laying the foundation for DirectAccess:

  • Install Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Ensure that the server which will be the DirectAccess server has two NICs
  • Configure the public Internet-facing NIC with two consecutive IPv4 addresses
  • Implement any necessary IPv6 technologies or workarounds
  • Establish a PKI infrastructure for issuing certificates
  • Implement IPsec and define IPsec security policies
  • Migrate DNS services to a Windows Server 2008 server

Taking the time to put these pieces in place will help you be prepared for DirectAccess when you roll out Windows 7 client machines and let you hit the ground running.

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