I’m really excited to announce that I have once again been invited to speak at the upcoming TechMentor event in Redmond, WA August 7-11, 2017! This year I’ll be presenting two important deep-dive training sessions on DirectAccess. The first is a three-hour course on implementing DirectAccess using Windows Server 2016. This session will cover infrastructure prerequisites as well as tips, tricks, and best practices for implementing DirectAccess using Windows Server 2016. In addition I will also be delivering a three-hour deep dive on DirectAccess troubleshooting. In this session, I’ll share valuable insight, tools, and techniques for quickly identifying and resolving many common DirectAccess connectivity and performance issues. In addition I will also be giving a short talk on getting started with Azure site-to-site networking. If you want to take advantage of the power and flexibility that the Azure public cloud has to offer, extending your on-premises datacenter using site-to-site VPN is essential.
Register today using code TMSPK05 and save!
M01: Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016
T03: DirectAccess Troubleshooting Deep Dive
T07: Getting Started with Azure Site-to-Site Networking
Posted by Richard M. Hicks on March 30, 2017
Update: My new DirectAccess book is now available for purchase. Details here.
I am pleased to announce that my new book, Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 from Apress Media, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!
This book contains detailed and prescriptive guidance for the planning, design, implementation, and support of a DirectAccess remote access solution on Windows Server 2016. It also includes valuable insight, tips, tricks, and best practice recommendations gained from my many years of deploying DirectAccess for some of the largest organizations in the world.
Current DirectAccess administrators will also find this book helpful, as the majority of content is still applicable to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, the book also includes essential information on the design and deployment of highly available and geographically redundant DirectAccess deployments.
Troubleshooting DirectAccess can be a daunting task, so I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in the book to this topic. For those responsible for the maintenance and support of DirectAccess in their organization, this chapter alone will be worth the investment.
Be sure to reserve your copy today!
Posted by Richard M. Hicks on August 1, 2016
For the last five years I’ve been helping organizations large and small deploy DirectAccess. During that time I have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience with this unique technology. DirectAccess is not trivial to install, configure, or troubleshoot. Also, it’s easy to make mistakes in the planning and design phase that can turn in to serious issues later in the deployment. To make matters worse, many organizations are deploying DirectAccess for the first time, and without essential guidance they are prone to making common mistakes or choosing configuration options that are less than optimal both in terms of supportability and performance.
Having deployed DirectAccess for some of the largest companies in the world, there isn’t much I haven’t already encountered. If you are looking for the best chance of success for your DirectAccess deployment, consider a consulting engagement with me. I can provide assistance with all facets of DirectAccess implementation including planning and design, installation, configuration, and troubleshooting. Consulting services at reasonable rates are available for all types of DirectAccess work including:
- New DirectAccess installations
- Migration from previous versions of DirectAccess
- Upgrade or expansion of existing DirectAccess deployment
- Enterprise planning and design for large-scale, multisite DirectAccess deployments
- DirectAccess high availability (local and geographic)
- Manage-out for DirectAccess with external hardware load balancers and/or multisite configuration
- Multisite DirectAccess with geographic redundancy for Windows 7 clients
- Existing DirectAccess design review and security assessment
- Windows Server 2012 R2 client-based VPN configuration
- DirectAccess client connectivity troubleshooting
- DirectAccess training
Additionally, consulting services are available for a variety of security solutions as well as on-premises and cloud networking technologies such as:
- Azure networking and infrastructure
- Cross-premises connectivity to Azure
- Certificate services (PKI)
- IP address management
- ISA Server and Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) migration
All services can be performed on-site or remotely. If you are interested in obtaining my services, fill out the form below and I’ll contact you.
Posted by Richard M. Hicks on July 20, 2015