The effort to move all virtual host redirects from Stanford’s Andrew File System (AFS) to a cloud platform is part of University IT's Web Content Management Program. AFS is minimally supported and hosts a number of web spaces created by individuals and other organizations in unsupported, outdated and vulnerable versions of web tools. In addition to inherent security issues, the decades-old system is costly to maintain and support, lacks modern usability features, and is impacted by delayed open source fix releases.
In 2017, the university president, provost, and board of trustees gave the directive to the Stanford CIO to address the growing concerns around the security, privacy, and stability of AFS. To date, UIT has focused on advancing the Web Content Management Program — a multi-year initiative to provide modern, secure, and managed cloud-based web alternatives, and reduce the overall footprint of AFS.
March 19, 2021
Open Virtual Host Data Conversion tool for unauthenticated proxy entries.
UIT announces Vanity URL as Virtual Name Proxy solution.
April 1, 2021
You can no longer request or edit Virtual Name Proxies. You may delete existing entries.
April 28, 2021
Non-authenticated entries locked in the Virtual Hosts Data Conversion tool.
April 30, 2021
Proxy entries marked for deletion by users are removed.
UIT will contact proxy owners with custom domains to help convert their proxies before the service retires.
UIT retires Virtual Name Proxy.
What you can do
University IT (UIT) recommends using the Vanity URL service to create and manage custom Stanford URLs to redirect your website traffic. Vanity URLs provide a shorter and more descriptive address that is easy to remember, type and share. With your custom Stanford URL, you can also use the service to create short links to direct people to specific pages.
Learn more about the Vanity URL service