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I would like to know what the cabling/protocols/storage prerequisits are in order to implement the DirectAccess service on Windows 7 Entreprise clients.

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I wanted to thank "SpacemanSpiff", who actually perfectly answered the question, by helping me discover a wonderful website called Google.

Though I'm using it in french (not the 5th link for me...), I was able to find a website listing the requirements of DirectAccess. The rest of the article is also very interesting.

The following list of DirectAccess requirements comes directly from Microsoft TechNet:

  • One or more DirectAccess servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 with two network adapters: one connected directly to the Internet, and a second connected to the intranet.
  • On the DirectAccess server, at least two consecutive, public IPv4 addresses assigned to the network adapter that's connected to the Internet.
  • DirectAccess clients running Windows7.
  • At least one domain controller and DNS server running Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • A public key infrastructure (PKI) to issue computer certificates, smart card certificates, and for NAP, health certificates.
  • IPsec policies to specify protection for traffic.
  • IPv6 transition technologies available for use on the DirectAccess server: ISATAP, Teredo, and 6to4.
  • Optionally, a third-party NAT-PT device to provide access to IPv4-only resources for DirectAccess clients.

At least no protocol nor cabling limitations.

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