Microsoft DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant 2.0 Now Available

Recently Microsoft announced the availability of the DirectAccess Connectivity Assistant (DCA) v2.0. DCA v2.0 is required to be installed on Windows 7 DirectAccess clients when they are connecting to a DirectAccess Server running Windows Server 2012. It is important to note that DCA v2.0 is not required (and should not be installed) on Windows 8 DirectAccess clients. In addition, DCA v2.0 should not be installed on Windows 7 DirectAccess clients when they are connecting to a Windows Server 2008 R2/Forefront UAG 2010 DirectAccess server. For Windows 7 DirectAccess clients accessing corporate network resources over Windows Server 2008 R2/Forefront UAG 2010, install DCA v1.5. DCA v1.5 can be found on the Forefront UAG server at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway\common\bin\da\dca.

The DCA provides DirectAccess users with connectivity status information, detailed diagnostics and troubleshooting, and is required to support One-Time Password (OTP) authentication. You can download DCA v2.0 here.

Networking and DirectAccess Sessions at TechEd 2012

This year I had the privilege of attending both TechEd North America and TechEd Europe, and presenting a session on Forefront TMG and UAG at both events. With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 due later this year, there were many sessions about the technologies included in the new client and server operating systems. When I wasn’t delivering my session or spending time with the Microsoft team in the learning center, I attended a number of sessions on security and networking. If you were unable to attend, or perhaps missed any of these sessions, they are now all available online on MSDN Channel 9. [ North America | Europe ] Here is a list of my favorite sessions:

  • IPv6 Bootcamp: Get Up to Speed Quickly
  • Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess: How to Quickly and Easily Deploy Your Next Generation Remote Access Solution
  • Overview of Hyper-V Networking in Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming and Multichannel Solutions
  • Networking for Hybrid Cloud: BranchCache and Cross Premise Connectivity
  • Hyper-V Network Virtualization for Scalable Multi-Tenancy in Windows
  • Extending Enterprise Networks to Windows Azure using Windows Azure Virtual Networks
  • Demystifying Microsoft Forefront Edge Security Technologies: TMG and UAG
  • Ok, I have to admit that I’m somewhat biased about that last session on the list. 😉 However, Windows Server 2012 does have a lot of new networking features and capabilities that make it a compelling solution for remote access and hybrid cloud connectivity. Have a look at some of these sessions and start evaluating Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 today!

    Forefront TMG and UAG Presentation at TechEd North America 2012

    For those of you who were not able to attend Microsoft TechEd North America 2012 this year, the session I presented entitled “Demystifying Microsoft Forefront Edge Security Solutions: TMG and UAG” is now available online. Enjoy!

    Forefront TMG and UAG Presentation at TechEd North America 2012

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