Windows 8 DirectAccess Client Quick Tip

On a Windows 8 or 8.1 DirectAccess client, issuing a Get-DAConnectionStatus may return the following error:

Get-DAConnectionStatus : Network Connectivity Assistant service is stopped or not responding.
At line:1 char:1
+ Get-DAConnectionStatus
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (MSFT_DAConnectionStatus:root/StandardCi...onnectionStatus) [Get-DAConnect
   ionStatus], CimException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Windows System Error 1753,Get-DAConnectionStatus

DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant Error

This issue is easily resolved by starting the Network Connectivity Assistant service by issuing the following PowerShell command:

Start-Service ncasvc

Get-DAConnectionStatus should now respond normally.

DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant Error

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  1. Hi Richard, this doesn’t seem to work on Windows 8.1 pro clients, does it only work on enterprise?

    • Correct. Windows 8 Professional is not a supported DirectAccess client. You must have Windows 8 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate for DirectAccess to work.

  2. Mohammad Mortazavi

     /  July 25, 2014

    I dont know to what extent you know,but in win 8.1 pro ,this service(ncasvc) doesn’t start & this is my major problem.
    as far as i know this service ONLY start on win 8.1 enterprise & it’s kind of con.
    anybody doesn’t have any solution for this in win 8.1 pro?(i needed for direct access)


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