Windows 7 DirectAccess is a new technology that replaces the traditional VPN solutions. DirectAccess allows a Windows 7 computer to automatically connect to a corporate network over the Internet. It is an always-on connectivity solution based on IPv6 and IPsec. Microsoft’s Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) extends the benefits of DirectAccess by enhancing scalability and simplifying deployments and management. DirectAccess differs from a VPN solution in the following ways:
Although the Offline Files feature in Windows 7 is quite straight forward to set up and manage, it has its own problems as well! In this post I will discuss some common issues and their possible causes. The symptoms can range from files and folders not visible while offline, files not synchronized and slow sync speeds.
Windows 7 supports different password-based and certificate-based authentication protocols that can be used for both dial-up and VPN connections. Windows 7 first tries to use the most secure authentication protocol that is enabled and then falls back to less secure protocols if they are available.
VPNs allow users to make secure connections to remote networks over the Internet. VPNs create like secure tunnels that allow specific authorized users from the Internet to access corporate internal resources such as, shared folders, printers, databases, etc. In Windows 7 you can configure a connection to use a specific VPN protocol or let Windows automated process. By default, Windows 7 sets the VPN type to Automatic.
Windows 7 can provide you with a VPN solution which is quite easy and fast to deploy! Follow these steps:
- Open Network and Sharing Center from the network system tray icon.
- From the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center, click Change adapter settings.
- Press the Alt button to show the File menu, then click File and select New Incoming Connection… Read more…