Install the DirectAccess Feature

Updated: October 7, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2


This topic describes deployment of DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2. For deployment of DirectAccess in Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG), see the Forefront UAG DirectAccess Deployment Guide (

You configure DirectAccess client and server settings and monitor DirectAccess connectivity with the DirectAccess management console, which you must install as a feature with Server Manager.

To complete these procedures, you must be a member of the local Administrators group, or otherwise be delegated permissions to install features from Server Manager. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To install the DirectAccess feature from Server Manager

  1. On the DirectAccess server, click Start, click Run, type servermanager.msc, and then press ENTER.

  2. In the main window, under Features Summary, click Add features.

  3. On the Select Features page, select DirectAccess Management Console.

  4. In the Add Features Wizard window, click Add Required Features.

  5. On the Select Features page, click Next.

  6. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, click Install.

  7. On the Installation Results page, click Close.

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