Microsoft Direct Access Design Guide

Looks like Microsoft released Direct Access Design Guide on their download site.
As one of the most valorous features on Windows Server 2008 R2 it should be a really turn-point on the subject of Remote Access over the next few years..
Quoting Microsoft:
Brief Description
This guide provides information about advantages, disadvantages, requirements, recommendations, and design considerations for deploying DirectAccess. It answers the “What,” “Why,” and “When” questions a deployment design team might ask before deploying DirectAccess in a production environment.

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…