Planning Your DirectAccess Deployment

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 (

After you collect information about your environment and decide on a DirectAccess design by following the guidance in the DirectAccess Design Guide, you can begin to plan the deployment of your organization's DirectAccess design. With the completed DirectAccess design and the information in this topic, you can determine which tasks to perform to deploy DirectAccess in your organization.

Reviewing your DirectAccess design

If the design team that constructed the original DirectAccess design for your organization is different from the deployment team that will implement the design, make sure that the deployment team reviews all final decisions with the design team. Review the following points regarding your DirectAccess design:

  • Evaluate the design team's strategy to determine the best physical topology for the placement of DirectAccess servers in your corporate network by reviewing the following topics in the DirectAccess Design Guide:

  • It is possible that the design team might leave the subject of DirectAccess server placement for the deployment team. The deployment team is then responsible for documenting and implementing the physical topology of DirectAccess and dependent servers. The deployment team can review the preceding topics and also the DirectAccess Capacity Planning and Appendix A: DirectAccess Requirements topics in the DirectAccess Design Guide to help determine the number of servers and the hardware requirements for the organization.

  • Ensure that members of the deployment team understand the reasons the selected DirectAccess design is being deployed and how client and server computers will be affected. Ensure that members of the deployment team also understand the stages of the DirectAccess deployment and what decisions govern when to advance from one deployment stage to the next. For more information, see Planning a DirectAccess Deployment Strategy.

After the design teams and deployment teams agree on these issues, they can proceed with the deployment of the DirectAccess design. For more information, see Implementing Your DirectAccess Design Plan.

Reviewing DirectAccess concepts

For more information about how DirectAccess works and how to set up DirectAccess in a test lab, see the following resources: