DirectAccess is used for internal network connections in Windows 7 SP1


A Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based computer uses DirectAccess to connect to the IPHTTPS address of the DirectAccess Server even though the computer is connected to the internal (domain) network. 


This problem occurs if the FQDN connection to the DA servers can be resolved in the internal network and if a route exists to the IP address that it resolves to. This problem can also occur if the DA client uses a proxy server that has a route to the DA servers.

Only the IPHTTPS tunnel is connected. The IPSec tunnels are not created inside the IPHTTPS tunnel because the firewall detects a domain profile and because the Connection Security rules do not apply to the domain profile. Although the Windows 7 client did not complete a "full" DA connection, the IPHTTPS tunnel connection still occurs on port 443. Therefore, performance issues may occur on the Direct Access server.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, go to the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
See Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 for more information.

Registry information

To enable this fix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.
File information


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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Article ID: 2951611 - Last Review: 11 Jun 2014 - Revision: 1