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DirectAccess remote management from Jedi knight to master seating at the Jedi council
DirectAccess remote management from Jedi knight to master seating at the Jedi council Let’s continue our learning. Master Yoda did not deserve you the rank of master. You still have much more to learn about the power of DirectAccess. Let’s see what aspects...
Even an excellent DirectAccess feature can fail
No, DirectAccess is not a failure at all. But back to the UAG times, customers were expecting real-time monitoring of users access and resources previously accessed. Since Windows Server 2012 we have this feature (reporting) with enough detail to fill...
DirectAccess for everyone
By default, DirectAccess is only eligible to Enterprise edition of Windows. This licensing limitation did not help us during pre-sales of DirectAccess projects. It seems that Microsoft heard customers feedback and introduce some changes in it’s licensing...
DirectAccess remote management, from Padawan to Jedi Knight
It's been a long time I did not publish something in the DirectAccess Challenge series . Let's do a deep dive in DirectAccess remote Management scenario. Be a Jedi Knight and use The DirectAccess force. But wait. As master Yoda used to say “Long...
DirectAccess Client troubleshooter
Some people at Microsoft deserves their stock of Kudos. It’s not always easy to troubleshoot DirectAccess problems. Most of the time they come from a problem of misconfiguration. We wan search for a long time if we do not have access to the computer....
DirectAccess and Windows Remote Assistance
For those of us who deployed legacy DirectAccess clients (yes Windows 7 is a legacy operating system) with Windows Server 2012 based DirectAccess we encountered the problem of Windows Remote Assistance witch was not working. That sound strange because...
DirectAccess advanced troubleshooting tip
Let’s start this new year with a small post on DirectAccess (DirectAccess remain in my good resolutions to-to list for another year ). So happy new year and wish you successful DirectAccess deployments.   When a DirectAccess client is not operational...
Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess BPA update
A few days ago, Microsoft published KB2896496 - Update adds BPA rules for DA in Windows Server 2012 . While reading the KB, I found some interesting points : Now we have full certificate check included. That’s a good thing for DirectAccess deployment...
Problème de localisation du DAC 2.0 en français
This time, article is not writen in english but french because that case apply only on Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate operating system localized installation media (not apply with french language pack). J’ai tellement pris l’habitude d’utiliser...
Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess
By the past I provided an excellent link to the Jason Jones hotfix-list for DirectAccess . This list also available on his new blog . And now there an official KB for that : KB2883952 - Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess...
Don't miss the KB2862152 for your DirectAccess deployments
As a part of the Microsoft monthly release cycle of security update, Microsoft published the security advisory “ Vulnerability in DirectAccess Could Allow Security Feature Bypass ”. According to this security advisory, DirectAccess clients could initiate...
Tips for your DirectAccess OTP deployment
While troubleshooting a lab for a customer of mine, I discovered that troubleshooting OTP problems can be painful, especially if you do not know some Jedi Minds tricks. So use the force (and your Brain). OTP Status on Remote Access Management Console...
The 0x80040008 DirectAccess + OTP case
I was recently involved in a DirectAccess + OTP deployment. The DirectAccess setup began like a charm (Powershell based) but strange things began to happened when I added OTP authentication feature for Windows 7 DirectAccess clients. From an end-user...
DirectAccess Best Practice and troubleshooting book available
I’m please to discover that my valuable MVP colleague Jordan KRAUSE from IVONetwork published his DirectAccess book in the early days of September (OK I’m a little late). His book aim two goals : Provide best practice for your DirectAccess...
Deploying DirectAccess with least privileges
Since Windows Server 2012, deploying DirectAccess became so simple, too simple (It’s by design now ). We just need domain admin privileges to perform the operation. That’s far away from a least privilege level. From a security guy point of...
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