Capacity Planning for Network Location Servers

Updated: October 1, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2


This topic describes design considerations for DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2. For the design considerations of DirectAccess in Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG), see the Forefront UAG DirectAccess Design Guide (

The network location function for DirectAccess can be placed on an intranet Web server or the DirectAccess server. Microsoft highly recommends placing the network location function on a separate intranet Web server. You must plan the capacity of the network location server so that it can handle the DirectAccess clients on your intranet performing intranet detection.

To provide capacity for an Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0-based Web server, including the DirectAccess server, see the documentation for the Web Server (IIS) role on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 for recommendations on scaling IIS capacity.