For me one of the big reasons to buy Windows 2008R2 is Direct Access, a feature this big is rarely just given away for ‘free’ (OK you have to buy an OS and a lot of components), but its a great solution and never fails to impress when demonstrated. Microsoft have now published two guides for demonstrating and testing Direct Access in a Lab.
Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab
This paper contains an introduction to DirectAccess and instructions for setting up a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network.
DirectAccess is a new feature in the Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems that enables remote users to securely access intranet shared folders, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). This paper contains an introduction to DirectAccess and instructions for setting up a test lab to demonstrate DirectAccess with a simulated Internet, intranet, and home network.
Step By Step Guide: Troubleshoot DirectAccess in a Test Lab
This white paper describes DirectAccess troubleshooting tools, the results of the tools in a working DirectAccess test lab, and how to troubleshoot common problems in the DirectAccess test lab.
And Don’t forget the wealth of other resources available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/dd420463.aspx