PacktLib: Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment

Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment


About the Authors

About the Reviewers


Understanding IPv6 and IPv4-IPv6 Interoperability

My network's fine, so if it ain't broken, why fix it?

The IPv6 addressing schemes

IPv6 address assignment

IPv6 and name resolution

A little more about DNS

Multiple stacks

Operating system compatibility

Protocol transition technologies

Practical considerations for IPv6 and IPv4

Unified Remote Access and Group Policy

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)


Planning a Unified Remote Access Deployment

Server requirements and placement

Basic scenarios


Group Policy

Client platforms (and unsupported clients)

Cloud scenarios

Advanced scenarios

How much can my server handle?


Preparing a Group Policy and Certificate Infrastructure

Deploying GPO in an organization

New features with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Group Policy

Planning group membership for URA clients and servers

GPO management policies and authorities

Managing GPO on URA servers and clients

Basic GPO problems and troubleshooting

Introduction to certificates and PKI

Certificates used by URA

Public versus private certificates

Enterprise Certificate Authority versus Standalone Certificate Authority

Root Certificate Authorities and Subordinate Certificate Authorities


Installing and Configuring the Unified Remote Access Role

Adding the URA role

Configuring the basic URA scenario

Editing the configuration

Network Location Server

Configuring the Name Resolution Policy table

Enabling load balancing


Multisite Deployment

What is multisite deployment and how does it help?

Multisite scenarios

Network infrastructure considerations and planning

Group Policy planning

DNS considerations

Network Location Server concerns

Deploying load balancing

Certificate authentication

IP-HTTPS and NLS certificates

Connectivity verifier considerations

Windows 7 clients and multisite

The multisite configuration wizard

Adding more entry points


Cross-premise Connectivity

Evolving remote access challenges

Migration to dynamic cloud

The needs of modern data centers

Dynamic cloud access with URA

Adding a cloud location using Site-to-Site

Basic setup of cross-premise connectivity

Configuration steps


Unified Remote Access Client Access

Supported clients

Client configuration options

Supported client software and IPv4/IPv6 limitations

Interoperability with Windows 7 clients

Network Connectivity Assistant options

Client manageability considerations

User guidance


Enhanced Configurations for Infrastructure Servers

Tweaking the management servers list

URA and PowerShell

Configuring IPSec policies with advanced options

Fine-tuning SSL and PKI

Configuring forced tunneling

Advanced options with the NCA

Tweaking IPv6 for complex networks


Deploying NAP and OTP

NAP basic concepts


Enabling NAP on URA

Introduction to OTP

How OTP works with URA

Enabling OTP


Monitoring and Troubleshooting Unified Remote Access

Monitoring the URA server (or servers)

Monitoring URA clients

Generating reports

Troubleshooting URA

Common problems, issues, and mistakes

Server troubleshooting

Connectivity problems

Client troubleshooting

Advanced diagnostics