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What is SFU NexGEN?

NexGEN is a complete management framework for Windows systems, developed specifically for the SFU environment.

It is easy-to-use, yet powerful and offers a reasonable working configuration 'out-of-the-box', while also offering the potential for advanced configuration for complex environments.

NexGEN supports a federated approach. Defaults are set at the highest level, but they can be overridden when required at any lower level. NexGEN is designed for use in all departments, not just IT Services.

 

Highlights

  • Full support for Windows 7 and later
  • Cradle-to-grave management of PCs, including:
    • initial deployment and imaging
    • OS updates
    • software installation and patching
    • maintenance (operational rules)
    • policy management, including a good default set of policies
    • decommissioning
  • Asset management and health monitoring for greater uptimes and proactive maintenance
  • Remote assistance technology to allow for faster response to urgent problems
  • Automation where possible to save administration time and promote consistency
  • Utilization of existing technologies common to multiple IT departments at SFU to reduce the amount of retraining and redundant effort

 

NexGEN Technologies

  • Subversion for revision control and collaboration
  • Windows group policy and group policy preferences
  • WPKG for software deployment
  • Windows Deployment Services (WDS) for imaging
  • Jenkins Continuous Integration for build and testing
  • NexGEN Scripts to pull it all together

 

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Who is using NexGEN?

  • Almost all administrative staff (supported by ITDS)
  • Library and DCF computer labs
  • ~50 units total and growing all the time
  • >3500 workstations on campus