DirectAccess allows remote users to securely access internal network file shares, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). An internal network is also known as a private network or intranet. DirectAccess establishes bi-directional connectivity with an internal network every time a DirectAccess-enabled computer connects to the Internet, even before the user logs on. Users never have to think about connecting to the internal network and IT administrators can manage remote computers outside the office, even when the computers are not connected to the VPN.
You can use the DirectAccess Management Console to set up a DirectAccess infrastructure by performing the following tasks:
- Specify the client computers that can use DirectAccess by selecting the security groups to which they belong
- Configure the network adapters on the DirectAccess server that are connected to your internal network and the Internet and the certificates that you want to use for authentication
- Configure the location of an internal Web site so that DirectAccess client computers can determine when they are located on the internal network
- Configure the Domain Name Service (DNS) names that must be resolved by internal network DNS servers
- Identify infrastructure servers (network location, DNS, and management servers)
- Identify application servers for optional authentication
Download the Quick Guide to Simple Implementation.
DirectAccess is one of the Unified Remote Access components in Celestix Cloud Edge Solution, please click here for more information.
Benefits of deploying Microsoft DirectAccess on a Celestix appliance:
- Procurement – With Celestix DirectAccess appliances, you purchase integrated solutions from one source. With white box deployments, you purchase separate hardware, operating system, and Microsoft components—each requiring a separate approval cycle.
- Integration: Celestix come fully integrated and ready to use straight from the box. The time spent integrating and testing white box deployments adds significant costs and delays to deployments.
- COMET Appliance Engine – Based on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Celestix’ COSMOS engine provides several unique features for ease of use:
- Jog Dial and LCD display enables fast, easy setup, management, and monitoring when on site.
- Web UI for: simple setup, remote configuration of network settings, options to view logs/reboot/receive alerts/updating software, and other management tasks.
- Disaster Recovery – Each Celestix appliance includes One-button rollback to factory presets.
- Celestix has optimized and hardened the operating-system and Microsoft security solution.
- Time – With Celestix appliances, there is no need to dedicate long hours of staff time to configure individual white boxes. Celestix has fully packaged and pre-configured to minimize the burden on your IT staff.