Checklist: Staging a DirectAccess Deployment

Published: October 7, 2009

Updated: October 7, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2


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

This checklist includes cross-reference links to important concepts about staging your DirectAccess deployment. Perform these tasks after you have completed lab testing of DirectAccess. For instructions to configure DirectAccess in a test lab, see Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess (


Complete the tasks in this checklist in order. When a reference link takes you to a conceptual topic, a procedure, or to another checklist, return to this topic so that you can proceed with the remaining tasks in this checklist.

Checklist: Staging a DirectAccess deployment

Task Reference

Identify and prioritize goals; decide on an access model; identify pilot computers; document deployment decisions and processes.

Identifying Your DirectAccess Deployment Goals

Choose an Access Model

Appendix C: Documenting Your DirectAccess Design

Implement a DirectAccess pilot deployment; start with a single DirectAccess server and expand the number of DirectAccess clients until you have fully deployed DirectAccess for the scope of your pilot.

Implementing Your DirectAccess Design Plan

Scale out; implement redundancy as needed; reevaluate goals and assess benefits.

DirectAccess Capacity Planning

Planning Redundancy for a DirectAccess Server