DirectAccess Load Balancing and Multisite Configuration Options Unavailable

Looking for more information about DirectAccess load balancing? See my post entitled DirectAccess Deployment Guide for Kemp LoadMaster Load Balancers.

DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 R2 supports load balancing and multisite configuration options to provide both local and geographic redundancy, respectively. To configure either of these options, open the Remote Access Management console, expand Configuration in the navigation tree, highlight DirectAccess and VPN, and then select either Enable Multisite or Enable Load Balancing in the Tasks pane.

DirectAccess Load Balancing and Multisite Configuration Options Unavailable

Depending on your configuration you may encounter a scenario in which these features do not appear in the Remote Access Management console.

DirectAccess Load Balancing and Multisite Configuration Options Unavailable

This occurs when the Web Application Proxy (WAP) role is installed on the DirectAccess server. Although this is a supported configuration, enabling load balancing or multisite on a DirectAccess server with WAP installed requires additional configuration. Specifically, load balancing and/or multisite must be configured before installing the WAP role.

To restore support for load balancing and multisite configuration options, remove the WAP role using the GUI or with the Uninstall-WindowsFeature Web-Application-Proxy PowerShell command.

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  1. jDA

     /  April 1, 2015

    Hi Richard, we are attempting a POC with external load balancers and DA 2012 R2. We are using 2 NICs that both have private internal IPs, external 10.x and internal 192.x . Only one has a gateway 10.X and is being blocked via Windows firewall to disable it from communicating to the internal network. The other 192.X has no gateway and is routing using a persistent route. We are using NAT with the F5 to connect to the DA environment, however I am unsure about how to configure the external load balancing as it asks for a new DIP for both interfaces. Actually I am not sure if this is the best configuration for an external load balancer, any help is appreciated


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