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Important change in Windows Remote Desktop services

In order to ensure the security and integrity of the University’s authentication services, IT Services will be blocking the standard ports that Windows uses to communicate via Remote Desktop mid-January 2020. 
To accommodate this change, IT Services will change the port that NexGen-managed desktops respond on for this connection. This will ensure service continuity so we may all log into our desktops to perform our work at the University.

What’s involved? 

This means that in order to connect to your desktop at SFU users will need to change the address field a bit. Click through for the details.


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.



  • 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
  • ~40 units total and growing all the time
  • >4600 workstations on campus