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Reconfigure Unix Timesharing Service to Linux By May 2023

Monday, November 14, 2022 - 12:10


Pitt Information Technology will be replacing the Unix Timesharing Service with the upgraded Linux Timesharing Service at the close of spring term in May 2023.

The Linux service provides updated software, enhanced encryption, and replaces the Solaris-based system, which is no longer supported by the vendor. Any client machines or applications used to access the service should be reconfigured to point to the Linux Timesharing Service. Like the Unix service, the Linux Timesharing Service can be used for programming, creating a personal webpage, and running statistical software.

Please ensure that any clients you use to access Timesharing are configured to point to before May 2023. Step-by-step instructions are available on our website. After May 2023, the following host names associated with the Solaris-based Unix Timesharing Service will no longer work:


In addition, programs written and compiled on the Unix Timesharing Service’s Solaris-based server will need to be recompiled to run on the Linux Timesharing Service. Data associated with the Timesharing service is stored on the separate Andrew File System (AFS) and is not affected by the retirement. You can continue to access AFS data directly through the Linux Timesharing Service. 

You may access the Linux server directly from within PittNet and while using Virtual Desktops for Remote Work or the Virtual Student Computing Lab. If you are connecting from outside PittNet, you will need to use the University’s preferred VPN solution, PittNet VPN (GlobalProtect), or the legacy PittNet VPN (Pulse Secure) service. 

Please contact the 24/7 IT Help Desk at +1-412-624-HELP (4357) if you have any questions regarding this announcement.