Virtual Machine Guidelines

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Before requesting a Virtual Machine for personal or open use, please review this page to ensure that your service is something that belongs on our servers. This is not a strict set of rules, and nor is this meant to deter the creation of new VMs.

Virtual Machine Hosts


Europa is a server that is reserved for the more critical systems in the labs. This includes, but not limited to, dns1, web1, etc. Most services do not need to be on this machine permanently.

Titan (Xen2)

Currently (as of Feb. 2014), Titan is slated to be a redundant system for Europa. In the sudden and inevitable demise of Europa, the VMs hosted on Europa will fail-over to Titan.


Juno, although also slated for a rebuild, is for smaller systems, or student projects. This is mostly the server new VMs will be created on.

Usage Guidelines

  • Services must not be for profit. (Note: This includes services like bitcoin mining)
  • Services must be legal (by US, NY laws) in operation and storage.
  • Services must considerate of the VM Host's resources, as well as other services in the lab. (Subject to VM Host's Maintainer's discretion)
  • Services must be created with good intent. (i.e. non-malicious)
  • Services must be well documented. Undocumented services will be stopped until adequate documentation is provided on the wiki.

External Services

Services may be hosted in the labs by external entities provided that the machine adheres to the above guidelines, as well as the following:

  • The service owner/maintainer must check in at least annually to ensure the service is not inactive.
  • The service must have exemplary documentation regarding what the service is doing, and includes current and accurate contact information
  • Service maintainers must respond to queries about the service within seven days
  • Service up time is not guaranteed

Other Notes

  • Services are to be backed up by the Service Maintainer (i.e. YOU).
  • COSI is not responsible for any loss of data.
  • Uptime is not guaranteed. If the downtime is excessive, contact the VM Host Maintainer.