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Richard M. Hicks
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I am very excited to announce that my new DirectAccess book, “Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016“ from Apress media, is now shipping! The book is available on popular online sites like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Springer.com, Apress.com,…
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I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a community theater session at this year’s Microsoft ignite conference in Atlanta, GA. The session, THR2136 in the session catalog, is scheduled for Thursday, September 29 at 12:40PM. This is a level 200…
I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a community theater session at this year’s Microsoft ignite conference in Atlanta, GA. The session, THR2136 in the session catalog, is scheduled fo…
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Enabling load balancing for DirectAccess deployments is crucial for eliminating single points of failure and ensuring the highest levels of availability for the remote access solution. In addition, enabling load balancing allows DirectAccess…
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I am pleased to announce that my new book, Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 from Apress Media, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com! This book contains detailed and prescriptive guidance for the planning, design, implementation,…
I am pleased to announce that my new book, Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 from Apress Media, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com! This book contains detailed and prescr…
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Configuring load balancing in DirectAccess is essential for eliminating single points of failure and ensuring the highest level of availability for the solution. The process of enabling load balancing for DirectAccess can be confusing though, as it…
Configuring load balancing in DirectAccess is essential for eliminating single points of failure and ensuring the highest level of availability for the solution. The process of enabling load balanc…
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Windows 10 clients include full support for all enterprise DirectAccess scalability and redundancy features, including automatic site selection and transparent failover for multisite deployments. However, the native site selection process is limited in…
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Introduction With the recent announcement from Microsoft that DirectAccess is now a formally supported workload in Azure, many organizations are preparing to implement this remote access technology on Microsoft’s public cloud infrastructure. Deploying…
Introduction With the recent announcement from Microsoft that DirectAccess is now a formally supported workload in Azure, many organizations are preparing to implement this remote access technology…
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I am pleased to announce that my new book, Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 from Apress Media, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com! This book contains detailed and prescriptive guidance for the planning, design, implementation,…
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Introduction DirectAccess provides seamless and transparent, always on remote network connectivity for managed Windows clients. It is commonly installed in large enterprises to provide better management for field-based assets, and to streamline the remote…
Introduction DirectAccess provides seamless and transparent, always on remote network connectivity for managed Windows clients. It is commonly installed in large enterprises to provide better manag…
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This is great news for organizations moving their infrastructure to the Microsoft Azure public cloud! Microsoft recently made some important changes to their published support statement for server software running on Azure virtual machines. Although no…
This is great news for organizations moving their infrastructure to the Microsoft Azure public cloud! Microsoft recently made some important changes to their published support statement for server …
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Integrating multifactor authentication is essential for providing the highest level of security and assurance for DirectAccess clients. Smart cards work well for this, but they impose a heavy burden in terms of expense and administrative overhead. A more…
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Network and Information Security Expert. Edge security and remote access. Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP.
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Richard M. Hicks (MCP, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP:EA, MCSA, MVP) is a network and information security expert specializing in Microsoft technologies. He is the founder and principal consultant of Richard M. Hicks Consulting and is focused on helping organizations large and small implement DirectAccess, VPN, and cloud networking solutions on Microsoft Platforms. As a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP, he has traveled around the world speaking to network engineers, security administrators, and IT professionals about Microsoft networking and security. Richard has nearly 20 years of experience working in large scale corporate computing environments and has designed and deployed perimeter defense and secure remote access solutions for some of the largest companies in the world. Richard is a contributing editor for TechGenix (WindowSecurity.com, WindowsNetworking.com, and CloudComputingAdmin.com) and the Petri IT Knowledgebase. He has produced video training courses for Pluralsight, and is the author of Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 (Apress Media, ISBN 978-1-4842-2058-0). He lives and works in beautiful, sunny, Southern California. Visit Richard’s web site at https://directaccess.richardhicks.com/ or follow him on Twitter @richardhicks.
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