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Can someone please tell me how to remove DirectAccess from my 2012 Essentails Server?  I should not have begun to install it as it is something I really don't have a need for.  It is breaking my Remote Web Access (the bindings for RWA (port 443) keep getting changed to the wrong certificate - I can fix it manually, but then after some time it reverts to the wrong cert. again).
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Did you install DorectAccess through Server Manager or through the essentials dashboard?
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I don't think you can install it through the dashboard - can you?  I think through server manager.
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Yes, you can. It is an option in the anywhere access wizard.

If you installed via server manager then just use the "remove roles and features" menu option in server manager and remove DirectAccess from there. Then run the "troubleshoot anywhere access" wizard from the dashboard to fix up the bindings permanently.
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by:Duncan007
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In the dashboard anywhere access wizard - I only see an option for VPN and RWA - is this maybe an option on R2 of Server 2012 Essentials?... I appreciate you elaborating here as maybe I am not understanding something about DirectAccess...  I have used Remote Desktop via the RWA site and have used the VPN connection from a remote location.  Thanks.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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It's on there. But at the moment, besides the point. If you installed it via server manager then you have to remove it that way. The dashboard will be unaware.
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Ok.  After I uninstall from server manager - do I need to manually delete any certificates afterwards?  Remove any GPOs?  Or any DNS entries for DirectAccess? et. al.  Is there additional clean-up the needs to be performed?  Thanks!
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If any needs to be done, the troubleshoot anywhere access wizard should do it. That's why I included that step.
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If I installed DirectAccess via powershell - is the removal procedure different?  I may have installed it that way.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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No. You can remove it via powershell if you want. But server manager, PowerShell, and dism all make the same changes and use the same APIs.
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I just took a quick look at a different 2012 Essentials server that is working fine (I did not attempt to install DirectAccess on it) - I did configure Anywhere Access via the dashboard though... I noticed that DirectAccess is listed as an installed role.  Does the dashboard Anywhere Access wizard then install and configure this role in a special way for Server 2012 Essentials? - I just want to understand what I am doing when I attempt to remove it.  Thank you!
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One of the VPN options is a check box for DA as I recall. Not in a place to verify at the moment. So it can be installed by AA, but isn't necessarily a default.
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This is what I see in the AA wizard from the Dashboard...
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Thank you
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