I’m pleased to announce I will be delivering Windows 10 Always On VPN hands-on training classes in various locations around the U.S. this year. As Microsoft continues to move away from DirectAccess in favor of Windows 10 Always On VPN, many organizations now must come up to speed on this new technology. Spoiler alert…it’s not trivial to implement! There’s lots of moving parts, critical infrastructure dependencies, and many configuration options to choose from. Additionally, Windows 10 Always On VPN is managed in a completely different way than DirectAccess, which is sure to present its own unique challenges.
My Windows 10 Always On VPN hands-on training classes will cover all aspects of designing, implementing, and supporting an Always On VPN solution in the enterprise. This three-day course will cover topics such as…
- Windows 10 Always On VPN overview
- Introduction to CSP
- Infrastructure requirements
- Planning and design considerations
- Installation, configuration, and client provisioning
Advanced topics will include…
- Redundancy and high availability
- Cloud-based deployments
- Third-party VPN infrastructure and client support
- Multifactor authentication
- Always On VPN migration strategies
Upcoming Training Classes
Reservations are being accepted immediately for spots in the first class to be held on March 27-29, 2018 in Southern California. The cost for this 3 day hands-on, in-depth training class is $4995.00 USD. Later this year I’ll be delivering classes in other parts of the country as well. Those locations will be chosen based on demand, so if you can’t make this first class, please register anyway and let me know your location preference. If there’s enough interest in a specific locale I will schedule a class for that region soon. Although I currently have no plans to deliver my training classes outside the U.S., I’m more than happy to consider it if there is enough demand, so let me know!
Reservations Available Now
Reserve a spot in my first Windows 10 Always On VPN training class in Southern California in March by filling out the form below. If you are interested in attending a training class closer to you, fill out the form and let me know. I’ll be sure to put you on the waiting list for an upcoming training class in your area.
Space is limited, so don’t wait! Reserve your spot today!
I’m pleased to announce my newest video training course, Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016, is now available on Pluralsight! This new course is a follow-up to my previous course, Planning and Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016. This latest course builds upon the first one and covers advanced configuration such as enabling load balancing, configuring geographic redundancy, and enforcing strong user authentication using one-time passwords (OTP) and smart cards.
In addition, monitoring and reporting is covered, as well as implementing manage out for DirectAccess clients in supported scenarios. The course also includes a full hour of in-depth DirectAccess configuration and connectivity troubleshooting that will be valuable for all DirectAccess administrators.
The course includes the following training modules:
Configuring High Availability
Enabling Strong User Authentication
DirectAccess Monitoring and Reporting
Implementing Outbound Management for DirectAccess Clients
Throughout the course, I share valuable knowledge and insight gained from more than 5 years of experience deploying DirectAccess for some of the largest organizations in the world. Pluralsight offers a free trial subscription if you don’t already have one, so watch my latest DirectAccess video training course today!
I’m excited to announce my latest video training course, Planning and Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016, is now available on Pluralsight! In this course, I’ll provide a high-level overview of DirectAccess, compare it with VPN, and outline supporting infrastructure requirements. In addition, you’ll learn how to choose the best network topology for a DirectAccess deployment, how to prepare Active Directory and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for DirectAccess, and how to install and configure DirectAccess in Windows Server 2016 using the latest implementation and security best practices. You’ll also learn how to provision Windows 10 clients and understand the unique requirements for supporting Windows 7.
The course includes the following training modules:
- Overview of DirectAccess
- Planning for DirectAccess
- Configuring DirectAccess with the Getting Started Wizard
- Configuring DirectAccess with the Remote Access Setup Wizard
- Provisioning DirectAccess Clients
- Supporting Windows 7 Clients
Throughout the course, I share valuable knowledge and insight gained from more than 5 years of experience deploying DirectAccess for some of the largest organizations in the world. Pluralsight offers a free trial subscription if you don’t already have one, so watch my DirectAccess video training course today!
I am very excited to announce that my new DirectAccess book, “Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016“ from Apress media, is now shipping! The book is available on popular online sites like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Springer.com, Apress.com, and others. The book is also available in electronic formats such as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as a variety of subscription formats including Safari, Books24x7, and SpringerLink.
This book contains detailed and prescriptive guidance for the planning, design, implementation, and support of a DirectAccess remote access solution on Windows Server 2016. It also includes valuable insight, tips, tricks, and best practice recommendations gained from my many years of deploying DirectAccess for some of the largest organizations in the world.
Current DirectAccess administrators will also find this book helpful, as the majority of content is still applicable to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, the book also includes essential information on the design and deployment of highly available and geographically redundant DirectAccess deployments.
Troubleshooting DirectAccess can be a daunting task, so I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in the book to this topic. For those responsible for the maintenance and support of DirectAccess in their organization, this chapter alone will be worth the investment.
Be sure to order your copy today!
For the last five years I’ve been helping organizations large and small deploy DirectAccess. During that time I have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience with this unique technology. DirectAccess is not trivial to install, configure, or troubleshoot. Also, it’s easy to make mistakes in the planning and design phase that can turn in to serious issues later in the deployment. To make matters worse, many organizations are deploying DirectAccess for the first time, and without essential guidance they are prone to making common mistakes or choosing configuration options that are less than optimal both in terms of supportability and performance.
Having deployed DirectAccess for some of the largest companies in the world, there isn’t much I haven’t already encountered. If you are looking for the best chance of success for your DirectAccess deployment, consider a consulting engagement with me. I can provide assistance with all facets of DirectAccess implementation including planning and design, installation, configuration, and troubleshooting. Consulting services at reasonable rates are available for all types of DirectAccess work including:
- New DirectAccess installations
- Migration from previous versions of DirectAccess
- Upgrade or expansion of existing DirectAccess deployment
- Enterprise planning and design for large-scale, multisite DirectAccess deployments
- DirectAccess high availability (local and geographic)
- Manage-out for DirectAccess with external hardware load balancers and/or multisite configuration
- Multisite DirectAccess with geographic redundancy for Windows 7 clients
- Existing DirectAccess design review and security assessment
- Windows Server 2012 R2 client-based VPN configuration
- DirectAccess client connectivity troubleshooting
- DirectAccess training
Additionally, consulting services are available for a variety of security solutions as well as on-premises and cloud networking technologies such as:
- Azure networking and infrastructure
- Cross-premises connectivity to Azure
- Certificate services (PKI)
- IP address management
- ISA Server and Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) migration
All services can be performed on-site or remotely. If you are interested in obtaining my services, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.