Windows Server

What is Microsoft Direct Access? Now Always On VPN

DirectAccess allows connectivity for remote users to organization network resources without the need for traditional Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections. With DirectAccess connections, remote client computers are always connected to your organization and there is no need for remote users to start and stop connections, as is required with VPN connections. DirectAccess first appeared in Windows Server 2008 R2 for Windows 7 and Windows 8 Enterprise SKUs.

Microsoft hasn’t committed to extending support for DirectAccess beyond the lifecycle of Windows Server 2019. It says that Windows 10 ‘Always On VPN’ should be used as a replacement for DirectAccess.

This Technology is already being used by Fortune 500 Companies for their employees that work remotely. In order for users to be connected to the organisation network without having to connect on a daily basis, Microsoft DirectAccess is utilised.

Brief difference between Windows 10 Always On VPN and DirectAccess. These two technologies provide seamless, transparent, always-on remote network access for Windows clients.
– Always On VPN is provisioned to the user.
– DirectAccess is provisioned to the devices
This presents a challenge for deployment scenarios that require the VPN connection to be established before the user logs on.

Windows 10 Always On VPN is the replacement for Microsoft’s DirectAccess remote access technology. Always On VPN aims to address several shortcomings of DirectAccess, including support for Windows 10 Professional and non-domain joined devices, as well as cloud integration with Intune and Azure Active Directory. For more information on Always On VPN, see https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/04/22/windows-10-always-on-vpn-aovpn-overview-and-requirements/

Since this technology is no longer developed further by Microsoft, I have will blogging on the Technical implementation of “Always On VPN”.

For more information, visit the following links below
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-access/directaccess/directaccess
https://directaccess.richardhicks.com/directaccess-end-of-life-eol/

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