Direct Access also known as Unified Remote Access, is a VPN-like technology that provides intranet connectivity to client computers when they are connected to the internet.
It was initially introduced in Windows server 2008 R2 supporting Windows 7 and Windows 8 Enterprise clients .
Direct Access clients are designed to connect automatically as soon as the computer connects to the Internet, initiating a VPN if the client detects that its not connecting from within the network.
Remote access is vital to organisations of any size and any level of downtime is not acceptable. Edgenexus offers 3 key advantages for load balancing a Microsoft Direct Access server environment.
The Edgenexus GSLB Global Server load Balancer can load balance client connections to the datacenter using multiple methods such as:
Once the connection has arrived at the specific data center the load balancer can then choose what Direct access server to send the request to based on a choice of load balancing methods.
By configuring the Edgenexus load balancer to respond to NLS requests the Client will know whether its on the local network or not without the administrator having to provision a separate NLS server.