Window 7 DirectAccess and BranchCache Will Improve Access For Remote Workers

As a home worker, two new features in Windows 7 look promising. DirectAccess and BranchCache will improve the lot of homeworkers by making it easier for them to connect to and access work networks.

DirectAccess utilises IPv6-over-IPsec to encrypt comms over the internet between remote workers and the DirectAccess server. This will provide an alternative to VPNs i.e. remove the need for annoying authentication keyfobs/RSA SecurID tokens that have to be carried everywhere. To support DirectAccess Windows Server 2008 needs to be installed.

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BranchCache overs the potential of being able to access large files stored on servers much faster. If one user at a branch or office downloads a file off a server, then it is cached on a BranchCache server. If any other users at that office request the same file, then it is downloaded from the cache rather than via the internet, which should be much faster.

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One Response to Window 7 DirectAccess and BranchCache Will Improve Access For Remote Workers

  1. Eric Taneda July 29, 2009 at 2:20 am #

    For people who can’t wait to try or start using this kind of always-connected capability, you can use a program called VPN Dialer 2009 which is widely available just by looking for it on any search engine. It is not a direct equivalent, but it does allow setting up a persistent VPN link from Windows XP/Vista to any RRAS server using a standard VPN user account over IPv4, and keeps it connected even when no user is logged on, for as long as the remote system has power and Internet access.

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