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I am in the process of planning for a Direct Access server on Server 2012. I am interested in the system requirements in a real world scenario. I found this (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj735301.aspx) which gives me a very good idea about what sort of specs will be needed for what I would like. However I am having a hard time finding specific best practices (2 NICs? hard drive utilization? Space requirements?) for the planning/setup/install steps.

Do you typically create a dedicated Direct Access server, or do you just piggy back it on another server? Is it a workload that virtualizes well, or does it need a physical machine?

I know this is a broad question, but I am hoping for some real world usage info that is less than 6 months old (most of the Google results I found)

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Well, I am certainly biased but if you are interested in the best way to go, there are dedicated hardware appliances available. The company that I work for builds DirectAccess Concentrators. Without going into too much detail for a post like this, these are purpose-built, performance-oriented, security-hardened machines, so that you are not simply taking a general purpose server and sticking it on the edge of your network. I'm an engineer here, not a sales guy, so if you want to discuss the technical aspects in more detail feel free to reach out to me directly. I can also put you in touch with someone about a quote if that is also your interest.


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