We're considering implementing DirectAccess via Windows Server 2012 R2. While considering the hardware requirements (which aren't very great of course), the question came up: "can we implement the DA server in the cloud?"
By "the cloud" I'm talking public, likely via Rackspace. I'd assume we'd need a tunnel back to the local network. I suppose the benefit here is that we wouldn't need to support another piece of hardware just for this one particular task, and the server needs to be public facing anyhow.
So my question is threefold:
- Is this a supported configuration?
- If it is supported, are there any particular gotchas, downsides to be aware of? (not interested in arguments regarding cost or anything philosophical)
- The site-to-site would terminate to an ASA. Do any public cloud vendors in particular provide tools to simplify this piece?