Plan a Multisite Deployment


Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

Windows Server® 2012 combines DirectAccess and Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) VPN into a single Remote Access role. This overview provides an introduction to the planning steps required in order to deploy Windows Server® 2012 Remote Access in a multisite configuration.

  1. Step 1: Plan an Advanced Single Server Deployment1—This step includes planning for the infrastructure required to deploy a single server. It includes planning for network and server settings, certificate requirements, DNS settings, network location server deployment, DirectAccess management servers, Active Directory settings, and Group Policy objects (GPOs).

  2. Step 2: Plan the Multisite Infrastructure—This step includes Active Directory and GPO planning, and DNS configuration.

  3. Step 3: Plan the Multisite Deployment—This step includes planning certificate settings, network location server configuration, client entry point settings, IPv6 prefix settings, and optionally global load balancing settings.


Record your planning decisions for Remote Access advanced deployment. This record can be used as a job aid for everyone involved in completing the deployment steps.

After you have completed these planning steps, see Configure a Multisite Deployment. For instructions on configuring a multisite deployment as a proof of concept in a lab environment, see Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate a DirectAccess Multisite Deployment.