Masterclass Description

We are proud to announce this LIVE Online Training focusing on Microsoft Always On VPN with Richard Hicks. Richard is the author of Implementing Always On VPN by Press Media (ISBN 9781484277409) and a widely recognized expert on Always On VPN. This Masterclass covered all aspects of Always On VPN deployment, including on-premises infrastructure, cloud integration, Intune management, and post-deployment optimization and support.

This LIVE Online Training includes both instructor-led training and hands-on lab exercises, which are based on practical, real-world scenarios.  Each student will be assigned a dedicated virtual lab environment to perform learning exercises.

Added Bonus
Included in this LIVE Online Training are all configuration tools and example files to configure, deploy, and optimize Always On VPN in a production environment.

This Masterclass runs for four days and includes:

  • Daily live webinars (with plenty of time for Q&A)
  • A community of individuals with the same goals
  • A private Facebook group with other participants for sharing reflections, progress, etc.
  • The chance to ask Richard Hicks questions directly in a live training environment

This Masterclass is for YOU if you want to:

  • Master Always On VPN configuration and deployment
  • Understand deployment options and best practice configuration
  • Deploy a scalable, highly available VPN infrastructure
  • Implement Always on VPN using security best practices
  • Optimize client configuration
  • Effectively manage and support Always On VPN

...and so much more!


Students should have a fundamental understanding of basic Windows administration skills such as Active Directory and group policy, as well as operational experience with Microsoft supporting infrastructure such as DNS and DHCP. Students should also have working knowledge of IPv4 networking, including routing, addressing, and subnetting. Experience with Active Directory certificate services is also helpful.

Masterclass Schedule

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Masterclass Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Always On VPN

  • What Is VPN?
  • Common Use Cases
  • DirectAccess
  • New Features and Advanced Capabilities
  • Limitations

Module 2: Protocols and Authentication

  • VPN Protocol Options in RRAS
  • IKEv2 and SSTP
  • Deprecated Protocols
  • Authentication Options
  • Multifactor Authentication MFA Considerations

Module 3: Infrastructure Planning

  • Client and Server Requirements
  • Microsoft vs. Non-Microsoft options
  • PKI and Certificates
  • Active Directory
  • Microsoft Intune

Module 4: Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) and Network Policy Server (NPS)

  • Network Placement and Topology Options
  • Perimeter/DMZ Design Considerations
  • Server and Client IP Addressing
  • Authentication and Authorization

Module 5: Client Provisioning

  • Provisioning Methods
  • OMA DM and CSP
  • VPNv2 CSP
  • ProfileXML
  • PowerShell Deployment
  • Intune Deployment

Module 6: Scalability and High Availability

  • Expanding Capacity
  • Infrastructure Redundancy
  • Deployment Flexibility
  • RRAS Load Balancing
  • NPS Load Balancing

Module 7: Advanced Options

  • Name Resolution Challenges
  • NRPT
  • Traffic Filtering
  • Application Filtering

Module 8: Always On VPN Device Tunnel

  • Use Cases
  • Requirements
  • Limitations
  • Autopilot Considerations

Module 9: Security Optimization

  • Default Security Settings
  • Best Practice Configuration
  • SSL/TLS Optimization
  • Edge Firewall Considerations
  • Security Hardening

Module 10: Operational Support

  • RRAS GUI Management Console Options
  • Common Log Files
  • Configuration Backup and Restore
  • User Activity Reports
  • PowerShell Management
  • Advanced Logging

Masterclass Instructor

Richard Hicks

Richard Hicks is the founder and principal consultant at Richard M. Hicks Consulting, Inc. He is a widely recognized enterprise mobility expert with more than 25 years of experience implementing secure remote access and public key infrastructure (PKI) solutions for organizations worldwide. He understands that providing visibility, control, and assurance for field-based devices is vital to ensuring the highest level of security and productivity for today’s highly mobile workforce.

Richard Hicks

President and Principal Consultant