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Microsoft Deprecates DirectAccess, Recommends “Always On VPN”

Always On VPN has mitigated limitations or expanded the VPN functionality beyond the capabilities of DirectAccess.


has announced it will no longer support DirectAccess, a feature launched with and 2008 R2 designed for corporate network connectivity without the need for a VPN. Users are now encouraged to adopt Always On VPN, which has more sophisticated networking capabilities.

The move to phase out DirectAccess and other features is part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the functionality, security, and performance of its .

Transition to Always On VPN

DirectAccess, which aimed to simplify remote access, will not get any further updates or new features. Microsoft has created Always On VPN as a more robust solution with enhanced security and performance. Official guidance from Microsoft suggests users should migrate to Always On VPN for ongoing support and improvements.

Windows Always On VPN offers secure remote access for Windows 10 and 11 devices. By default, it ensures uninterrupted, always-on connectivity to a private network, operating transparently for the user. The VPN connection is established automatically, eliminating the need for user interaction to connect to network resources.

Other Deprecated Features

Several other components are also being phased out in addition to DirectAccess.  has decided to discontinue NTLM (New Technology LAN Manager)  in upcoming versions of Windows. This action is part of an effort to improve security across its operating systems by transitioning away from older protocols.

Also deprecated will be Driver Verifier GUI, NPLogonNotify and NPPPasswordChangeNotify APIs, TLS server authentication with shorter RSA keys, and Test Base for Microsoft 365. These features will no longer be developed and will be removed in future Windows releases.

Future Plans and Recommendations

Microsoft notes that deprecated features may still work for a while but will not get updates or fixes. Details on migrating to Always On VPN and its advantages are available on the Microsoft Learn website, which offers resources for IT administrators. Users can track the list of deprecated features for future Windows client versions and Windows Server 2025 on the official Microsoft site.

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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