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Virtual Server Guidelines

Because of energy and space savings gained by using virtual servers, University IT has adopted a “virtual first” policy. We do recognize that virtual servers are not appropriate for all application needs; see the criteria below for guidelines.

Unless your application or use requires:

  • specific or proprietary hardware peripherals;
  • databases or other I/O-intensive services;
  • applications or systems that exceed current virtual server performance or capacity thresholds; or
  • applications that explicitly do not support virtualization

our policy is to deploy a virtual server.

Additionally, the virtual machine:

  • will be hosted in NDCCH (a general virtualization service is not available in other locations at this time);
  • if supported by University IT, must run on an OS from the list of supported operating system types.
Last modified April 14, 2023