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Aventail VPN Migration Project – Action Required by March 31, 2023

Attention:  Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health leaders, physicians, employees and learners connecting remotely to the Health network using a personal device

Change Impact: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health clients that currently connect remotely to the Health network using a personal device (e.g. laptop) must be migrated to a more stable platform by March 31, 2023, as Aventail will no longer be available. If you use a personal device to remotely access the network using a desktop application, you may be using Aventail and you see the following screen requesting you to log in.  

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Or, if you use the web portal ( to obtain remote access via Aventail rather than the desktop application, you will see the following screen when you log in.

  • Most current Aventail clients will be upgraded to Azure VDI which will provide you with a virtual desktop, which you can access through a web browser which looks, feels and operates just like a desktop computer or laptop. Some clinical applications may not work well within Azure and those clients may be migrated to an updated version of Aventail (SonicWall)
  • Note: If you only use a Health-supplied laptop, you no longer require Aventail or an additional remote access service to remotely connect to the Health network.
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Reason for Change: The Aventail VPN service that supports remote access to the Health network and resources is no longer supported by the vendor. 

Action required: To ensure there are no delays or disruptions in your remote access service, for those clients using a personal device to remotely access the Health network, you can place a ticket at anytime to migrate to the new Azure VDI by submitting a request to IT Self-Service / Service and Support > Access > Remote Access > Remote Access Request" ). Alternatively, you can call the IT Service Desk for assistance at:

  • Health IT Service Desk (NS Health Northern, Eastern and Western Zones) -1-866-224-2555
  • Central Zone IT Service Desk (Central Zone) - 1-902-473-3399 
  • Health IT Service Desk (IWK Health) – 1-902-470-6700

Aventail clients will be contacted by IT over the next few months to request that you submit a ticket to migrate to a new service, if you have not already done so.

If you have questions, please contact Nova Scotia Digital Services at

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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