Microsoft Windows 7 and DirectAccess

April 28, 2009

For Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans, mobile Microsoft business computers are a challenge for because they can only be managed when they are connected to the internal network. Users who work away from the main office or who travel for extended periods of time might not connect to the internal network for months. As a result, these mobile computers don’t download changes in Group Policy settings, critical updates, or anti-malware definitions.

Traditionally, remote users connect to internal network resources with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). However, using a VPN can be cumbersome for users because it requires several steps, and several seconds (or even minutes), for authentication to occur.

Windows 7, together with Windows Server 2008 R2, introduces DirectAccess, a new solution that enables users to have the same experience working remotely as they would working in the office. Taking advantage of technologies such as IPv6 and IPSec, DirectAccess provides remote computers with transparent access to the internal network across the Internet without connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN), while providing secure and flexible network infrastructure for enterprises.

For example, if a remote user connects to a wireless hotspot at a local coffee shop, DirectAccess will detect that an Internet connection is available and automatically establish a connection to the DirectAccess server on the edge of the internal network. The user will be able to access internal resources that administrators have granted remote access such as internal shares, Web sites, and applications.
Onsite Computer can manage the mobile computer by updating Group Policy settings and distributing software updates when the Internet connection is established, even before the user is logged on. This flexibility gives IT the opportunity to service remote machines on a regular basis and ensures that mobile users stay up to date with company policies.

User data normally stored within an internal server via Folder Redirection and cached locally via Offline Files And Folders will also benefit from having each file automatically synchronized (backed up) with the server because the network connection is persistent. Users will appreciate DirectAccess because it keeps them automatically connected to internal resources. IT professionals will appreciate DirectAccess because it greatly improves the manageability of mobile computers by connecting them to the internal network, any time the user has an Internet connection. Mobile computers stay connected, managed, and up-to-date.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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