Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016

This course will teach you how to create a highly available DirectAccess infrastructure, enforce strong user authentication, enable and configure monitoring and reporting, configure manage out, and how to effectively troubleshoot DirectAccess.
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(10)
Level
Advanced
Updated
Jun 5, 2017
Duration
3h 34m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Configuring High Availability
Enabling Strong User Authentication
DirectAccess Monitoring and Reporting
Implementing Outbound Management for DirectAccess Clients
DirectAccess Troubleshooting
Description
Course info
Rating
(10)
Level
Advanced
Updated
Jun 5, 2017
Duration
3h 34m
Description

After implementing DirectAccess, you must know how to monitor, scale, and troubleshoot DirectAccess to effectively support the solution in your organization. This course, Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016, will help you implement a highly available and geographically redundant architecture to reduce potential downtime. You'll also learn how to enable and enforce strong user authentication to mitigate the risk posed by lost or stolen devices. In addition, enabling monitoring and reporting as well as managing out to remote DirectAccess clients are covered in detail. Once you've completed this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to manage and support DirectAccess in any deployment scenario.

About the author
About the author

Richard M. Hicks (MCP, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP:EA, MCSA, MVP) is a network and information security expert specializing in Microsoft technologies.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello everyone, and welcome to my course, Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016. My name is Richard Hicks, and I'm the founder and principle consultant at Richard M. Hicks Consulting. The seamless and transparent nature of DirectAccess makes it an incredible Remote Access technology, and once it's implemented users and administrators alike simply can't live without it. Ensuring that the solution is stable and reliable is crucial for sustaining peak productivity for our remote workers. This course will provide you with the essential skills required to manage and support DirectAccess in all deployment scenarios. You will learn how to enable and configure load balancing for DirectAccess to ensure the highest levels of availability for the Remote Access solution. You'll also learn how to monitor the DirectAccess server and infrastructure help, as well as report on DirectAccess client connectivity. In addition, you'll learn how to enable strong user authentication, and how to implement manage out for DirectAccess clients. Finally, you'll learn crucial troubleshooting techniques to help make the job of supporting DirectAccess in your organization much easier. By the end of this course you'll have the necessary skills and expertise to manage and support a secure Remote Access solution using DirectAccess on Windows Server 2016. Before beginning the course you should be familiar with basic Windows Server and Active Directory administration, DNS and name resolution, and IPv4 networking. Familiarity with Active Directory certificate services is helpful too. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn DirectAccess with the Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 course here at Pluralsight.

Configuring High Availability
Hello, and welcome to Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016. My name is Richard Hicks. I'm the founder and principle consultant of Richard M. Hicks consulting. You can find me on Twitter @richardhicks or visit my website, directaccess. richardhicks. com. Configuring high availability is the first module in this course, which is a follow on course to Planning and Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 here on Pluralsight. The content in this course builds upon everything we covered in the previous course, so if you haven't already done so I'd encourage you to watch the Planning and Implementing course before proceeding with this one; however, if you've already done so or if you've already mastered DirectAccess installation and configuration, then let's dive in. So this module is Configuring High Availability. So some of the things we'll talk about in this module are the options for high availabilities, and when we talk about high availability there are a number of crucial single points of failures, and there's a couple of different ways to address them in DirectAccess. The first of those, of course, is load balancing, and the second one we'll touch upon is multi-site or geographic redundancy.

Enabling Strong User Authentication
Hello, and welcome to Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016. In this module we'll talk about Enabling Strong User Authentication for DirectAccess. With DirectAccess to enable strong user authentication we will use a Multifactor Authentication scheme. We'll talk a little bit about what Multifactor Authentication is and how that functions. We'll talk about some of the common use cases for integrating Multifactor Authentication with DirectAccess, and importantly, we'll talk about some of the drawbacks and limitations to integrating strong authentication for DirectAccess clients. Finally, we'll wrap up with an implementation of strong user authentication using dynamic or one-time passwords with DirectAccess.

Implementing Outbound Management for DirectAccess Clients
Hello, and welcome to Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016. This module is Implementing Outbound Management for DirectAccess Clients. We'll be talking about a number of things, including the common use cases for implementing an outbound management infrastructure for DirectAccess clients. We'll talk about some of the requirements for setting that up, we'll talk about some of the supportability limitations with regards to outbound management for DirectAccess, we'll have a discussion about the installation prerequisites, what does it take to actually prepare our infrastructure to support outbound management, and finally, we'll wrap up with a demonstration of a basic manage out implementation.

DirectAccess Troubleshooting
Hello, and welcome to Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016. This is the last module in the course, and in it we will cover DirectAccess troubleshooting. So in this module I'm going to focus first on troubleshooting on the DirectAccess server side. It's important that the DirectAccess server be capable of supporting DirectAccess client connections. Fundamentally, if the DirectAccess server cannot do that there's no point in testing from the client-side if the server obviously can't support those connections. So the beauty of this, of course, is that if the DirectAccess server supports one client connection it will support all, meaning that if one client can connect all should be able to connect, and we can focus our troubleshooting on the client-side mostly. So once we look at the DirectAccess client we'll look at a variety of things, and typically these are configuration or connectivity related, but we'll look at a number of different issues with troubleshooting on the client-side of DirectAccess. During this module I'm going to use a variety of tools and techniques, and also go over some of the common failure scenarios that I see based on my daily experience deploying DirectAccess for companies all over the world.