Configuring Windows 2012 DirectAccess Cluster

Posted on 2014-08-21
Last Modified: 2014-09-05
I have been building a new remote access solution for our company for a little while. I initially setup 2 RRAS servers with Multicast NLB. After a lot of work everything is working fine with this solution. The final step is that I want to add DirectAccess to the mix. I took a snapshot of my VMs before starting the DirectAccess config just in case anything went wrong.

In order for me to run the "Enable Load Balancing" from Remote access management console I had to remove my existing config from NLB & the second RRAS server. I have spent a considerable amount of time configuring my network routers and switches to support multicast NLB. From the wizard I can't configure NLB in the same way it was configured before. It is asking for a dedicated IP address. Normally for NLB I configure the cluster IP address and add the nodes to the cluster. I need the cluster IP to be the same as it was before because it is configured on the routers and switches.

Previous config:

Cluster IP:

Please let me know how I can configure load balancing and maintain my old IP configuration.

Thanks, James
Question by:V0LUME
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    Because of some of the IPv6 things that DirectAccess does, you won't be able to replicate your old NLB setup and use DA. There is just no good way to do what you want.

    Author Comment

    Thanks Cliff. I had a feeling this might be the case.

    Can you explain how it would work if I was to scrap the old config? Would I still port forward my External IP address to the Cluster IP on port 443?
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    Once you are fully configured, yes.

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