Once the DirectAccess planning and design phase is complete, it’s time to move on to preparing the first DirectAccess server. A physical server or virtual machine will be provisioned that meets the necessary minimum requirements for the deployment. The Windows Server 2016 operating system will be installed, joined to the domain, and updated as required. Additional preparation will include network interface configuration for multihomed servers, along with computer and SSL certificate installation. Finally, the DirectAccess role itself can be installed.