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Need a Linux Account

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides personal and departmental user accounts on its public Linux Servers. This service is similar to the legacy Solaris public offering on, in that users can login to a Linux timeshare to edit files, compile programs, create web sites, etc. These accounts may be subject to restrictions regarding the resources available and the features provided†, and as such may not be suitable for all use cases‡.

Students may have one Linux account for personal use. Faculty/Staff may have one Linux account for personal use, but may also have multiple additional Linux accounts for department or research use. Personal accounts should not be used for department or research purposes. Nor should any of these accounts be used for non-University related business.

All accounts are created based on a NetID and the user­name must be unique. The NetID you use to login to this site will be the name/owner of the Linux account that gets created. Do not login with a personal NetID if the intent is to create a department Linux user account. If you do not already have a suitable department NetID, you must request a department NetID before you can use this site to create a department Linux account.

create a new account  or  view an existing account


As with all multi-user systems, the available resources are shared by all users. OIT has placed reasonable restrictions, per user, on those resources to foster a positive user experience. Periodically admins must take more severe actions to ensure the well-being of the majority.

This service should not be considered suitable for Enterprise use. The service should not be used to store sensitive data (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA, PCI, etc.), nor should it be used to store data needed by high profile applications.

Accessing your Linux Account

After you have created a Linux account, you can do a few additional things using this site:

  • create a web folder
  • delete your web folder
  • delete your Linux account entirely

After you have created a Linux account, you can log in to the Linux server with any SSH client (e.g., PuTTY) or SFTP client (e.g., WinSCP, Cyberduck or FileZilla). If you are already familiar with these tools, you can connect to your account using the information below. Detailed instructions are available in an OIT Knowledge Base.

Port: 22 (SSH)
Username: netid
Password: your NetID password

Web Site Hosting

You can use your Linux account to host a web site. If you intend to use your user account as a web site, create a folder in your account named public_html and store your web content there. The folder and file permissions must be set to allow world read access to the content you wish to be visible on the site.

About WordPress sites

Beginning April 2, 2018, OIT scans web sites and automatically removes WordPress plug-ins that have been determined to negatively impact the performance, security and/or reliability of the web server. The complete list of plug-ins that currently fall in this category can be found at

Viewing personal web sites

Once you have created your website folder, your default public web URL will be in the following format:

A department or faculty/staff may, in lieu of using the above URL format, request a vanity domain name for the site, (e.g., Subject to approval, any domain name ending with or may be used.

These computer systems are the property of the University of Tennessee. They are for authorized use only. Unauthorized or improper use of any of these systems may result in administrative disciplinary action and/or civil charges/criminal penalties. By continuing to use any of these systems you indicate your awareness of and consent to these terms and conditions of use.

Do not access these systems if you do not agree to the conditions stated in this warning.

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