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Windows Server 2019 – Enabling Your Mobile Workforce

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Giving employees the ability to remotely access corporate resources used to be a big benefit to most companies, but not necessarily a requirement. That has certainly changed in the past few years, where most companies and employees now have the expectation that they will be able to get their work done from wherever they happen to be. Cell phones are a big part of this equation, but are limited by the scope of what can be done with small screens and restricted operating systems. In order to grant remote workers the ability to do their jobs from home, coffee shops, or hotels, we have traditionally used Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

Most VPNs in today’s businesses are provided by products from companies other than Microsoft. The Remote Access role in Windows Server 2019 is here to change that. With many improvements having been made to the VPN components right in Windows Server, it is now a feasible and secure platform for providing access to corporate resources from remote computers. In addition to VPNs, we have a couple of newer technologies baked into Windows Server 2019 that are also designed to provide remote access to corporate resources, in a different way than a traditional VPN. The topics that we will cover in this chapter are the following:

  • Always On VPN
  • DirectAccess
  • Remote Access Management Console
  • DA, VPN, or AOVPN? Which is best?
  • Web Application Proxy
  • Requirements for WAP
  • Latest improvements to WAP

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