Initial setup of DirectAccess on Windows Server 2012

Posted on 2012-09-22
Last Modified: 2012-10-21
My DirectAccess server is NAT'd.  Following various documents, I have created firewall rules to forward ports 41, 443, 3544 but I'm thinking the problem isn't there.

At the moment I believe the problem may be on the DirectAccess server itself. I'm expecting to be able to see some type of page at the DirectAccess URL the clients use (NAT'd of course) at the local URL of

Should I see some type of page using that URL as a test?

Question by:Dan-Aspitel
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    Accepted Solution

    Are the clients using Windows 7 Enterprise or higher?

    you may want to download the direct access connectivity assistant

    Author Comment

    Clients are all Windows 8.

    I'm learning as I go.  Since it is installed behind a single NIC it looks like the port is set as 62000 and not 443.  So I forward 443 to 62000 in the firewall.

    I can bring up the IIS start web page. However I still can't get the client to connect.

    I went through Microsoft's DirectAccess lab and I see nothing wrong with my own DA server.

    I'm thinking it is something in my firewall configuration.  If I could somehow test locally without going through the firewall then I could be sure it is the firewall.

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    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    Windows 8 Enterprise? This is the only one that has direct access

    Author Comment

    Yes.  Win8 Enterprise.

    Author Comment

    I have DirectAccess working now and it was easy to setup.  The problem was really unrelated to DA but instead an Active Directory problem.  An AD server was not sync'ing and so only one AD server had the DA settings.

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