Today, with the rise of cloud computing, we have a redefined vision of IT. Organizations are increasingly diversifying their IT infrastructure and moving from physical to a mix of physical, virtual, and cloud environments. This transformation in the datacenter is bringing new challenges in getting secure and consistent connectivity across different IT systems, cloud services, and plethora of devices. In virtualized and cloud computing environments, legacy perimeter security solutions are not fully equipped to provide seamless connectivity, critical for utilizing the benefits from scalable, agile, and cost effective cloud infrastructure.
The tightly integrated features of the CelestixEdge Appliance ensure secure and seamless connectivity across datacenter and cloud resources.
Workplace Join works in conjunction with Web Application Proxy by letting users register their personal devices with Active Directory. Organizations can even drive conditional access to applications for these Workplace-Joined devices based on their attributes stored in the directory.
DirectAccess provides a highly secure remote access alternative to client-based VPN while at the same time reducing management and support costs for field-based assets. It is a unique solution designed exclusively for managed Windows clients supported on Windows 7, 8 and 10 Enterprise version.
DirectAccess is inherently more secure than traditional client-based VPN. This is due to a number of factors. First, a DirectAccess client must be joined to the corporate domain, as its Active Directory computer account is used as a part of the authentication process. In addition, the client must also have a computer certificate issued by the organization’s internal private Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). For additional protection, organizations can choose to also integrate existing smart cards (physical or virtual) or a dynamic one-time password (OTP) solution. All of this provides a high level of assurance that only authorized devices can establish secure remote corporate network connectivity.
DirectAccess is always on, allowing administrators to exercise a greater degree of control and management of their remote devices. It ensures that remote computers receive regular security updates, thereby decreasing vulnerability to malware attacks and avoiding regulatory compliance problems.
DirectAccess provides an unrivaled user experience over VPN. The remote access connection is established securely at the machine level, freeing the end user from the cumbersome process of having to establish a VPN connection when they realize they need it, to access on-premises corporate resources. This makes users more productive while also reducing potential help desk calls/tickets.
Onboarding DirectAccess clients is a simple as adding a computer’s account to a security group in Active Directory. All client configuration settings are applied to the client through Group Policy Objects (GPOs). There is no software to install and maintain on the DirectAccess client.
Conserve expensive network bandwidth by using DirectAccess. Unlike VPN that uses corporate WAN, DirectAccess routes these connections directly to the internet without using up WAN.
The new re-designed dashboard provides simplified monitoring for Remote Access services and client connections from a single screen in the Comet web user interface. Graphical tools offer easy reference, and statistical data summarizes Direct Access & VPN usage.
Access and manage CelestixEdge appliance through a simple and intuitive web-based user interface, Comet. All the components that are required to configure and deploy your DirectAccess, VPN, WorkFolders, Web Application Proxy are provided in this management tool.
The new interface is HTML 5 based, and can be administrated securely on any mobile devices.
This is a feature not available in the standard Windows Server 2012 R2 DirectAccess. When enabled, the kill-switch will instantly disconnect the DirectAccess connection to the corporate network, in the event the mobile device or notebook computer is compromised or lost.
Now you can configure Web Application Proxy and Microsoft Work Folders for your mobile works in just a few minutes. The wizard is a step-by-step workflow that guides you through the necessary steps to configure the tasks out of the Celestix management interface, without running PowerShell scripts.
Access and monitor the active DirectAccess and VPN tunnels’ statistics in real times. Monitoring of DirectAccess and VPN clients can be done on an on-demand basis, to get a feel of how your current remote access performance is impacted by the number of concurrent users and clients.
Access and manage CelestixEdge E/VE Series appliance through a simple and intuitive web-based user interface, Comet. With a diverse suite of network connectivity options, the E / VE Series reduces administrative overhead of both set up and management for any type of infrastructure, whether it be on-premises, virtual, or cloud.
Celestix appliances are preconfigured with Windows Server 2012 R2 and are ready to deploy once unpacked. Administrators can forego the time-consuming* tasks of installing the OS and building the server. Instead, they get to focus immediately on configuring features.
The new release is packed with functionality like simplified configuration, enhanced reporting, and remote monitoring. Once configured, administrators can monitor and manage features from a work station; no need for KVM or RDP access to the appliance.
Remote Access functionality includes multiple options, some of which require additional services that can introduce conflicts. Setting up the E / VE Series offers convenient installation for Remote Access roles, and doesn’t allow incompatible features to be configured. Each deployment strategy will customize the available options as best suited to organizational needs. Necessary features are enabled or disabled with one click.
Infrastructure maintenance requires evaluation and oversight. The dashboard provides simplified monitoring for Remote Access services and client connections from a single screen in the Comet web user interface. Graphical tools offer easy reference, and statistical data summarizes Direct Access & VPN usage.
Metrics are essential for IT controls, and are useful for evaluating progress towards Remote Access strategy objectives. Four predefined reports include date and output customization for oversight, auditing, and compliance requirements.
Troubleshooting when clients are unable to connect to the corporate network using DirectAccess can be challenging. The E / VE Series include a tool by Microsoft to collect client-side data which is automatically uploaded as a log file to the appliance. Administrators can review log data online or download it as report. The tool is a simple application end users download and then double-click to run.
If administrators require advanced configuration, the E / VE Series include a convenient link for quick access to the Windows Server Remote Access management console.
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The CelestixEdge solution offers unrivaled expertise and experience to simplify the implementation and ongoing management of Microsoft remote access solutions. The VE Series of CelestixEdge extends flexibility and ease of deployment in virtualized environments, where deploying our secure remote access solution as an appliance form factor is not feasible or cost-effective. The CelestixEdge VE Series supports the exact same features as available on CelestixEdge E Series appliances.
Overlay our virtual solution on top of your deployment to take advantage of our feature-rich web-based user interface that provides enhanced reporting, alerting, and remote monitoring capabilities.
The CelestixEdge virtual edition simplifies deployment in the cloud.
Readily download and install the CelestixEdge VE series onto your virtual or physical servers using an turnkey installer. The software solution offers unmatched capabilities to rapidly provision unified remote access solution across your on-premise or datacenter locations.
IT Cost Reduction
Compress your datacenter footprint by deploying the VE Series. No additional rack space or power resources required for the installation. Makes it simple for IT to cut costs, optimize resources, reduce power consumption and improve operational efficiencies. Frees you from managing hardware and lets you focus on managing your network.
Easy Installation and Automatic Updates
With our purpose-built software engine – Comet, get advanced configuration of role and feature settings. Install a major remote access service – ADFS/Device Registration Service, NPS, DirectAccess/VPN, Web Application Proxy, Remote Desktop Gateway, Remote Desktop Web, Work Folders in one click. Enable automated updates to receive software updates and security patches automatically.
Geo-Redundancy /Prevent downtime/Increase uptime
Setup for high availability, enable network uptime and geo-redundancy with the virtual instances strategically placed in multiple locations.
Enhanced Reporting and Remote Monitoring
Get interactive drill-down reporting using Celestix Comet dashboard. Graphical tools offer easy reference and statistical data summaries of Direct Access & VPN usage. Obtain quick access to service status and client usage information. DirectAccess session termination and automated DirectAccess client troubleshooting; features not available in the standard Windows Server 2012 R2 DirectAccess.
Take advantage of our support organization – Celestix Networks offers professional services to assist you with the planning, design, configuration, and implementation of a DirectAccess solution. Our dedicated knowledge support team helps you resolve and troubleshoot your virtual environments.
Locked down virtual environment based on industry security best practices.
Hypervisor: Any SVVP certified hypervisor
SVVP reference: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/957006
– Operating System: Windows Server® 2012 R2
– CPU (Processor): 2.8 GHz or greater with 4 core
– RAM (Memory): 8 GB or greater
– Google Chrome 40.0 or higher
– Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0 or higher
– Mozilla Firefox 7.0 or higher
– Safari 5.0 or higher
CelestixEdge E & VE Series offer dedicated hardware and management software, for end-to-end management of secure access to on-premises and cloud resources. This out-of-the-box solution reduces the cost and complexity of tying together diverse connectivity options. It empowers IT administrators to handle datacenter and cloud workloads smoothly; to support employees wherever they work; and to integrate employees’ personal mobile devices into the enterprise fabric.
The CelestixEdge security is a dedicated, purpose-built hardware appliance delivering the Windows Server 2012 R2 Unified Remote Access role including Microsoft DirectAccess. It is a platform that is designed to reduce deployment time, streamline management, and improve performance. The heart of CelestixEdge is the Comet appliance management engine, which has been completely rewritten for CelestixEdge 2.0.
Yes. Although nearly all aspects of the appliance can be configured and managed exclusively using the Comet 2.0 web-based management interface, there are scenarios where having access to the appliance desktop is required.
Comet 2.0 includes an enhanced diagnostic tool that is designed to streamline and simplify DirectAccess client connectivity troubleshooting. You can provide an end user with the link to the diagnostics page (published using an existing reverse proxy). When a user navigates to the page and clicks on the link to the troubleshooting tool, diagnostics will run on the client and then output will be uploaded to the appliance for review.
Yes. Reports can be exported in either PDF or CSV file formats.
Yes. Historical activity reports can be access by clicking Remote Access Reports under the CESA section in the main dashboard. By default, all historical activity is displayed. Additional details can be found by clicking on an individual entry. Data can be filtered by selecting one of the Filter options, including start time, user name, hostname, connection type, and protocol. An additional search field is included to perform custom queries.
Comet allows you to proactively terminate active remote access sessions. This feature is not available using the native Microsoft management tools. There are three options for disconnecting a session. Reset Connection terminates the active session and forces the client to reconnect. Disable will deactivate the client’s Active Directory (AD) computer account and terminate the active session, temporarily preventing the client from reconnecting until the account is re-enabled. Remove will delete the client’s AD computer account and terminate the active session.
The Remote Access Dashboard provides an instant view of current remote access connectivity on the Celestix E Series appliance, and includes intuitive charts and graphs, broken down by the number and types of connections made. Clicking on the Active Connections icon will show current remote access connections. Additional detailed information about a specific connection can be found by clicking on any entry in the list.
Clicking Features under the CESA section of the main dashboard allows you to install or remove features supported by the appliance.
Comet 2.0 provides support for creating appliance images (snapshots) that can be restored in the event of a configuration error or disaster event. Images can be performed online or offline. Images can be viewed, restored, deleted, and scheduled using Comet 2.0. Current imaging status information is also available.
All networking can be configured using Comet 2.0 by clicking Network under the System section on the main dashboard. You can view current status and manage configuration, including IP address assignments. In addition, you can access global settings such as DNS suffix information and the HOSTS file, the routing table, and view and configure static routes.
Comet 2.0 features a robust online help system that includes detailed, contextual information about Comet 2.0 and the appliance. It can be accessed at any time by clicking Help at the top of the screen.
Both Work Folders and Workplace Join can be enabled easy via Celestix Comet Web User Interface.
With Work Folders users can store and access work files on personal computers and devices, often referred to as bring-your-own device (BYOD), in addition to corporate PCs. Users gain a convenient location to store work files, and they can access them from anywhere. Organizations maintain control over corporate data by storing the files on centrally managed file servers, and optionally specifying user device policies such as encryption and lock-screen passwords.
Work Folders can be deployed with existing deployments of Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and home folders. Work Folders stores user files in a folder on the server called a sync share. You can specify a folder that already contains user data, which enables you to adopt Work Folders without migrating servers and data or immediately phasing out your existing solution.
By using Workplace Join, information workers can join their personal devices with their company’s workplace computers to access company resources and services. When you join your personal device to your workplace, it becomes a known device and provides seamless second factor authentication and Single Sign-On to workplace resources and applications. When a device is joined by Workplace Join, attributes of the device can be retrieved from the directory to drive conditional access for the purpose of authorizing issuance of security tokens for applications. With Celestix Cloud Edge, Windows 8.1 and iOS devices can be joined by using Workplace Join.
|Type of Business||Designed for small to mid-sized enterprises||Designed for large and multinational enterprises||Designed for large and multinational enterprises|
|Recommended Users||Below 500 concurrent users||500 to 3,000 concurrent users||Up to 5,000 concurrent users|
|CPU||Intel i5||Intel E3||2 x Intel E5|
|Memory||8GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Hard Drive||SATA-II Hard Drive||2 x SATA-II hot-swappable hard drive||4 x SATA-III SSDs hot-swappable hard drive|
|Disk Mirror RAID||–||RAID 1||RAID 10|
|Gigabit Ethernet Ports||6||6||8|
|Power Supply||220W auto-switching universal 110/220V AC power supply||Redundant hot-swappable power supply – 2 x 500W||Redundant hot-swappable power supply – 2 x 500W|
|Dimensions (H x W x L)||1.75″ x 17.3″ x13.0″||1.75″ x 17.3″ x 15.7″||3.5″ x 17.4″ x 26″|
|CPU||4 Core||4 Core||8 Core|
|Number of Processors||4 Cores||4 Cores||12 cores (hyperthreading)|
|Memory||8 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
Celestix E Series Installation Guide|
This guide is intended to help system administrators install and configure a new appliance with a base level setup.