The Unified Remote Access Role in Windows Server 2016 includes several remote access technologies. This book will focus on one of them—DirectAccess. For many years, Virtual Private Networking (VPN) has been the de facto standard for providing secure remote access, and is likely familiar to most system administrators today. VPN use in Windows networks has been around for quite some time, with roots dating back to Windows NT 4.0. By comparison, DirectAccess is a relative newcomer. It was first introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2, and has since undergone subtle but vitally important changes in architecture and infrastructure. DirectAccess is a unique and compelling way to provide secure remote access for Windows devices managed by the IT department. It provides a superior user experience when compared to traditional, client-based VPN, and it allows IT administrators to better manage their remote Windows systems.