DirectAccess – Installation – Configuration in Windows Server 2016/2019

Windows Server 2012R2 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2019

Configuring DirectAccess GPOs for Servers and Computers

When configuring DirectAccess, two group policies were normally created so that servers and computers are automatically configured.

To open the Group Policy Management console on a domain controller or directly from the DirectAccess server, it has normally been installed. Check both strategies have been added to the root of the domain. If this is not the case as on the screenshot below, we will see how to add them.


Go to the Group Policy Objects 1 node and verify that the two 2 strategies for DirectAccess have been created.

GPO for DirectAccess

Before linking the policies, check that the strategy for the 1 clients is limited to the 2 group configured in DirectAccess.

GPO for computers

Right-click on domain 1 and click Link an existing Group Policy object 2 .

Link GPO

Select both 1 strategies and click OK 2 to add them.

Select strategies

The strategies are related to the domain.

Strategies linked

On the DirectAccess server, open a command prompt as administrator and enter gpupdate to enforce the policy.