Hardware servers

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Servers and Workstations

C&CZ manages ca. 470 Linux workstations, ca. 800 servers and workstations with MS-Windows and ca. 20 Sun/Solaris/SPARC servers, primarily in the domain science.ru.nl. Dual boot Windows/Linux machines are counted twice.


C&CZ manages (for departments) workstations with Ubuntu Linux or MS-Windows. There are also workstations in the PC-rooms and Study area for general use by anybody with a Science login, but also by all RU employees and students and guests with a temporary login. Almost all those machines are dual boot, the user can choose to boot Ubuntu Linux or MS-Windows.


  • lilo and stitch, the Linux login-server for employees and students.

Ways to log into the login servers:

  • With SSH (Secure Shell), which is an encrypted connection, so passwords can't be sniffed. An SSH connection is possible from all over the Internet. It is possible to tunnel X11-traffic of Xming.

The automatic monitoring of the servers can be accessed on the web.

Compute servers/cluster

Beginning 2006, a number of departments bought a bunch of Sun Fire X4100 dual processor dual core machines in order to have more Linux computing power. In 2007 Cluster software was installed. Departments have regularly bought new machines that were added to the cluster. As of October 2011, the cluster totalled 512 cores and 1024 CUDA cores. The CPU-load of the clusternodes is being monitored.

Mail server

On the Do-It-Yourself website each user can see which mail server will store incoming mail for his account. Mail can be accessed with IMAP over SSL. The use of POP3 is supported, but not advised. In every domain managed by C&CZ the alias smtp.science.ru.nl points to the machine that accepts mail with the SMTP-protocol. N.B.: If one uses a (non-RU) Internet provider, our mail server will only accept mail for our (RU) mail-addresses. Most other mail will not be accepted ("Relaying Denied!"). One can prevent this by using the smtp-server of the Internet-provider or by using Authenticated SMTP.

The amount of mail and spam is being logged.

WWW servers

There are several WWW-servers with websites and web applications.

Printer servers

Several servers are used to print jobs. See the printer webpage to see which server is advised in which situation.

Disk servers

These servers share different types of files, e.g. home-directories, application-software and disks for departments and groups. All modern servers only have redundant disks, sometimes by using "mirroring", sometimes by use of a "RAID-array". That means that loss of only 1 disk will nor cause any problem for users.

For more information, e.g. about renting disc space for departments, see our disc space page.

FTP server

To make the transfer of large files to others simple, there is an FTP service. It can be accessed through the original FTP protocol as well as through the web HTTP protocol. Anyone with a Science-account who acquired a directory on this server through postmaster, can copy files to that directory in several ways:

  • by logging in to a login server like lilo in /vol/ftp/pub/yourdirectory.
  • by attaching the network drive: \\www.science.ru.nl\www

By using an unreadable upper directory containing a secret directory, one can even transfer somewhat sensitive data.

Backup servers

Almost all disks that are managed by C&CZ, are being backupped regularly, in order to be able to restore data in case of small or large calamities.