Direct Access LAB

Originally posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2009

For the last 2 days I was trying to set up a Direct Access connection here on my house with virtual machines by reproducing the follwing lab on a virtualized envoirement:

Quoting Microsoft
DirectAccess is a new feature in the Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems that enables remote users to securely access intranet shares, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). This paper contains an introduction to DirectAccess and instructions for setting up a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network using the Release Candidate versions of Windows 7 and Window Server 2008 R2.

This lab came on the right time, I just installed Hyper-V R2 Server on a machine I have here at home just testing stuff, currently an AMD X2 5400+ with 4GB ram, but I got stuck when it required me 2 Public IP address… I didn’t reproduced the full lab, I wanted to make it for real, like accessing to my home from outside without having to create any kind of VPN… so I’ve skipped the creation of a virtual “internet” as described on the paper…

It might have worked If I routed all my trafic by a second subnet but I didn’t wanted to go that far… I’ve registered on a webcast that will be held by Keith Combs on 19/08/2008 called “TechNet Webcast: Connect Remotely Using Windows 7 Direct Access (Level 300)”

I’ll keep in touch regarding this subject on a near future…

Right now I’m thinking on my next LAB using virtualization…

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