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Please note: Services listed on this page are available to schools, colleges, and departments of the University of Michigan. They are not available to individuals at U of M, nor to individuals or groups not affiliated with the University of Michigan. Billing requires a six-digit account or the appropriate chartfield information. Please contact webmaster@umich.edu for more information.

Virtual Hosting:

A virtual host provides web service at a specific domain name while stilll offering the access control and management functionality of an AFS directory. It optionally includes functionality not available on the "www.umich.edu" gateway servers. Features include:

  • Apache on hardened Linux
  • Flexible Apache configuration
  • IP or name-based depending on requirements
  • Multi-homed ( 2 machines, more if load requires ) to maximize load balancing and availability.
  • Machines located in multiple production server rooms.
  • 24 x 7 expert monitoring
  • Includes PHP
  • MySQL service if desired (incurs charge).
  • SSL Available (incurs charge).
  • University of Michigan Single-Sign-On (SSO) based on Kerberos password authentication with LDAP authorization available ( requires SSL ) via Cosign at weblogin.umich.edu
  • Configurable monthly log reports ( using analog ) unprocessed logs available for 6 months
  • Files served from IFS home directories, which include robust filesystem backup and directory-level access control
  • Mail forwarding available
  • $50.00 per year (free if not using PHP, mySQL, or SSL)
  • Included with Application Hosting Service

Current hosts include:

Note: Sub-domain requests for the umich.edu domain are governed by the Standard Practice Guide section 601.15-1. The creation of such a domain requires the written authorization of the unit director, provided to the UM hostmaster: ( hostmaster@umich.edu ).

To start the process of setting up a group IFS home directory visit this page.

Once you have an approved domain name and Group IFS home directory, sign up for virtual hosting here.

SSL Server Certificates:

  • InCommonCA Certificates (2048-bit): Available at no cost
  • UM-Signed Certificates: available at no cost
      We have been working with the UMCE Identification, Authentication, and Authorization (IAA) team to create a UM Web Server root CA. If your users are mostly members of the UM community or are willing to install our root CA certificate you can offer 128 bit SSL encryption on your web server at no additional cost to you. [ UMWEB CA Certificate ]

Use the Web Application Sign Up (Wasup) service to request one of the certificates described above. You will need to generate a CSR by following your server's instructions. You will also need a 6-digit University shortcode and name of the authorized signer for billing.

We no longer offer Verisign certificates. If you need such a cert, they are available from Verisign directly.

We have also discontinued our Entrust and InstantSSL PKI contracts. Contact those companies directly if you'd like to utilize their certificates for your server(s).

Application Development:

We develop mission critical tools, applications, and web sites for campus.

Our software projects include: directory.umich.edu, webfs, www.umich.edu news management utility, umce accounts, spg, online uniqname/account creation, cosign, mod_ometer, the ITCS showcase online catalog, and many others. Please see our software section for source, documentation, and access to our public CVS tree repository.


We are often called upon to provide assistance and expertise around campus. This takes many forms, but includes: webmaster mail direct support, gateway team, wolverine access support, providing accessibility assessments, standards, wwwsig, etc.