DirectAccess is a feature introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 that uses automated IPv6 and IPSec tunnels to allow remote users to access private network resources whenever they are connected to the Internet.
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The feature offers an alternative to traditional VPN access, which requires user action to connect. DirectAccess also allows administrators to manage remote machines through Group Policy settings and to distribute software updates whether or not the user is logged on to the network.