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This is intended to be an authoritative registry of recommended servers for the Rutgers network. It is intended to help people who are trying to configure computers and need to know what name server, news server, etc., they should use. Most of this information is now contained in documentation put out by the campus help desks on network setup. However people who are doing non-standard setups may still find some useful information here.

Services are listed alphabetically.

DNS: DNS. People on networks at Rutgers should consult their departmental system administrator. Some departments have their own DNS servers, which their users would be better off with. Otherwise, OIT maintains Network Service Systems , which will provide DNS service for anyone within the University. If you are using a Rutgers dialup, we recommend using the OIT DNS servers labelled "RUNet 2000." Users outside Rutgers (e.g. at home) should use the DNS system provided by your service provider. For home users, only people using Rutgers dialups should use Rutgers DNS servers. The Network Service Systems are specifically for people inside the Rutgers network. Some information it gives out will be inappropriate for access from outside.

FTP: A number of departments provide anonymous FTP on the primary departmental systems. There is a University FTP server, It provides mirrors of a number of free software distributions. We would appreciate it if people who check out, since it uses less internet bandwidth if you get things there rather than going to the Internet. There is also a web interface to it,

Kerberos: Most OIT systems now use passwords that are stored in Kerberos. These passwords are used for services such as email and, modem access, which are controlled by your NetID. Many administrative services based on the SSN (e.g. course registration and or online faculty/staff address change) also use the Kerberos password. So does RIAS. We are not publishing the names of the Kerberos servers here, because setting up access to Kerberos requires knowing more than just a hostname. If you are interested in using OIT Kerberos, please contact kerberos-admin@nsmx. Kerberos passwords can also be accessed via Radius. Please contact the TD help desk at 732-445-0327,, to arrange Radius access.

LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol): For most purposes the "find people" web page at is the best way to find address and phone information. However newer mail software has address lookup features built into it, which expects to use an LDAP directory. Currently there is an experimental LDAP directory at It contains address and telephone information for all faculty and staff at Rutgers. When configuring mail software you will need to specify a "base DN", which is "dc=rutgers,dc=edu". For more information, see

Mail services: We support mail reading via IMAP and POP on the primary Unix systems. See for hostnames and other information related to mail.

Mailing lists: There are many systems around campus that support mailing lists. However OIT runs an automated mailing list facility for general use, on There is also a system, called RAMS, used for mailing lists generated automatically from administrative data (e.g. all faculty in a certain unit). See Email at Rutgers for more information.

News server: Rutgers no longer supports netnews at the University level. The computer science department has a server, but I would contact root@news-lcsr to verify whether the service is available for your use.

NFS repositories: Various software for Solaris and Linux is available on various public NFS volumes available from See the Solaris support page for more information.

Proxy web access: Proxy web servers are intended for users who are on restricted networks (networks that are not allowed to access the Internet). By pointing your browser at the proxy server, you can access web services on the Internet. This is a "legacy" service, for a few existing restricted networks that are in the normal address space (with addresses starting 128.6 or 165.230). New restricted networks are being allocated from private address space, starting with 192.168, 172.16, and 10. For these networks, web proxying is handled transparently. Thus except for a few older networks, you will not need to configure proxy web servers within Rutgers. The proxies for those networks are,,, and The first three are maintained by central staff, but are for users on the campuses indicated in the names. is maintained by the Camden staff. They would prefer for Camden users to use it.

There is a completely different use for web proxies at Rutgers: Users at home who need access to protected library services may need to go through a proxy maintained by the Library. Some bibliographical databases are restricted to Rutgers addresses. So people working from home (except through Rutgers dialups, which use Rutgers addresses), may need to use the Library's proxy. See How do I connect from home? for more information.

Time Server (ntp): Rutgers uses NTP (preferably XNTP) to coordinate the time on systems across the University. If you are using Kerberos, your time must be set fairly accurately. Thus it is nearly mandatory to use NTP if your system is running Kerberos. The Network Service Systems maintained by OIT Telecommunications group are available throughout the University. They work fine for most purposes. If you need sub-millisecond accuracy, we recommend or

However before using one of these, you should check with your departmental computing support staff, to see whether you department maintains an NTP server that you should use instead. If you are using a Rutgers dialup, we recommend using the OIT NTP servers labelled "RUNet 2000."


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