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General Information

The following topics cover requirements, assumptions, and terminology used in the Celestix Edge E Series Appliance Installation Guide.

Terminology Disambiguation

The following list explains how terms to describe components are used in documentation.

  • On-premises domains are sometimes referred to as AD domains, but documentation uses the term internal domain.
  • Off-premises domains are sometimes qualified by the terms external or public, but documentation uses the term federated domain.
  • Servers configured with the role Active Directory Domain Services may be referred to as the domain controller (DC) or designated by the acronym AD DS. The acronym AD is used as a general referent for the internal domain directory.
  • Unified Remote Access refers to the collection of technologies that Microsoft offers to allow external clients to access internal network resources. Documentation uses the short name Remote Access. The E Series includes the Remote Access features Direct Access, VPN, and Web Application Proxy.
  • The terms roles, services, and features are used to refer to Server 2012 R2 functionality for remote connectivity.
  • Remote Desktop Services (desktop virtualization) refers to the collection of technologies that Microsoft offers to allow organizations to publish cloud resources. The E Series can be used for the Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) and Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) desktop virtualization server roles.
  • Network Policy Server (NPS) is the Microsoft implementation of RADIUS authentication.
  • Remote Access:
    • DirectAccess – computer account security groups (security groups) can be created in AD to manage client access efficiently by using group policy objects (GPOs).
    • WAP – A federation service namespace is sometimes referred to as the ADFS or authentication namespace, but documentation generally uses the shortened term federation namespace. It is used as the Service Principle Name (Service Name) for ADFS. The federation namespace is based on the FQDN that represents the SSL certificate Subject (or Common Name).
  • Work Folders:
    • A Sync share is a collection of user folders that use the same policy settings.
    • A Sync server has the Work Folders role installed. It can contain multiple sync shares.
    • User account security groups (security groups) should be created in AD to manage folder access efficiently by using group policy objects (GPOs).

Deployment Assumptions

Information presented in the E Series setup instructions is based on the following:

  • Active Directory (AD) is used as the domain controller.
  • Remote connectivitysystem administrators are familiar with:
    • Windows Server management
    • Microsoft Active Directory®
    • Microsoft Unified Remote Access
    • Network Policy Server*
    • Work Folders*
    • Remote Desktop Web Access*

*As required for deployment.

Requirement Checklist

The following items will be required to set up the E Series. Plan ahead so that items are available when needed to complete configuration.

  • Domain administrator credentials
  • PowerShell remoting is enabled

Example Information

To help make the instructions clear, these examples are used to identify components.

Celestix Edge Appliance
FQDNCelestix Edge01.example.com
Host NameCelestix Edge01
Domain Nameexample.com