Is Celestix SecureAccess an alternative to DirectAccess or Always On VPN?

What is Microsoft AutoVPN or Always On VPN? The official name of AutoVPN is Always-on VPN profile.  It is a client-side technology that requires existing VPN solution in place like Cisco AnyConnect.  It allows you to configure connection profiles that can connect automatically.  AutoVPN requires either an Intune subscription or System Center Configuration Manager to configure. Now, you are able to… Continue reading Is Celestix SecureAccess an alternative to DirectAccess or Always On VPN?

Microsoft DirectAccess vs Celestix SecureAccess; how do they compare?

Overview Organizations may wonder whether an appliance provides worthwhile advantages over deploying Microsoft DirectAccess running on a generic Windows Server 201x white box. While Server 201x offers a host of connectivity features including Microsoft DirectAccess; most companies don’t have specialized or in-depth knowledge regarding best configuration practices for the features that are now included. To… Continue reading Microsoft DirectAccess vs Celestix SecureAccess; how do they compare?

Comparing DirectAccess DMZ and Edge Deployments

Introduction When DirectAccess was first introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2, it required the server to be configured with two network interfaces that used two consecutive public IPv4 addresses which were assigned to the external interface. This was a source of concern for many security administrators, as the DirectAccess server must be joined to the… Continue reading Comparing DirectAccess DMZ and Edge Deployments

Deploying DirectAccess in Virtual Environments

I’m old enough to remember when virtualization technologies first came on to the scene. Initially they were strictly relegated to learning environments such as test labs. These Type 2 (hosted) hypervisors were typically third-party software solutions that installed on top of a general purpose operating system such as Windows and Linux. They were not recommended… Continue reading Deploying DirectAccess in Virtual Environments