Summary of Changes

After July 1, 2022 RUCIT will begin permanently shutting down the following Linux servers:

  • apps.camden.rutgers.edu – a Linux virtual desktop server : SHUTDOWN Date 7/1/22
  • clam.rutgers.edu – a Linux file/web server for students : SHUTDOWN Date 7/1/22
  • clamshell.rutgers.edu – a Linux timeshare server for students : SHUTDOWN Date 7/1/22
  • crab.rutgers.edu – a Linux file/web server for faculty and staff : READ-ONLY Date 9/1/22; SHUTDOWN Date 12/1/22
  • crabshell.rutgers.edu – a Linux timeshare server for faculty and staff : READ-ONLY Date 9/1/22; SHUTDOWN Date 12/1/22

Affected Services

Similar services to those previously provided by the old servers listed above are now available through enterprise-class systems and services that are listed below.

Linux virtual desktops

Linux virtual desktop services are available to the entire Rutgers community through the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) and their Amarel advanced computing environment. Documentation about the Amarel virtual desktop services is available in the Cluster User Guide under Using the Open OnDemand interface and Using the FastX interface. For information about getting an account on Amarel in order to use the virtual desktop services, please refer to the Getting Access section of the user guide.

Linux network file services

Storage of files for Linux services provided by Amarel are local to the Amarel system. You can read more about storage file sets and how to use them in the Amarel user guide. Members of the Rutgers community also have access to multiple cloud-based file storage services for storage of files related to research and instruction.

Linux web services for personal and research sites

Rutgers University offers a variety of web hosting options, most of which are running on cloud-based services.

Students may create personal web sites using Google Sites via their ScarletMail accounts. Student organizations in Camden are encouraged to utilize the Engage platform to host their organization’s web site, but they may also request a group template site on the sites.rutgers.edu WordPress-based service.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize the sites.rutgers.edu WordPress-based service for their personal or research group web sites. Course web pages should be hosted in the Canvas learning management system. Camden IDT provides end-user support for setting up course pages in Canvas. Camden faculty and staff may also request a site on the people.camden.rutgers.edu WordPress-based service for biographical or research purposes, which uses a site template that is supported by Camden IDT.

If you have research information being shared through a personal web site on crab.rutgers.edu, and would like to keep an archived (read-only) copy of that information online after the crab server is shut down, please contact help@camden.rutgers.edu.
 

Linux timeshare services

Linux timeshare services, which include job scheduling (batch) and distributed (parallel) computing services, are available to the entire Rutgers community through the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) and their Amarel advanced computing environment. Documentation about the job scheduling and parallel computing features of Amarel can be found in the Cluster User Guide under the Job scheduler (batch system) section.