This project will target servers running CentOS 7 operating system that are hosted by ITS Enterprise Infrastructure (ITS-EI). It will help modernize our Linux Server infrastructure, enhance IT security, and prevent added financial cost to our customers. This project is being directed by ITS-EI and is led by the Specialized Application Services (EI-SAS) team with assistance from the ITS Project Management Office (ITS-PMO).

To learn more about the managed service levels available from ITS-EI, please review our managed services information page.

If you are interested in moving your Linux application to a cloud-based service offering, please investigate our cloud services information page for more information or to schedule a consultation session.

If you are an existing user of a managed server from ITS-EI, a sysadmin will be contacting you to discuss your migration options.

If you have specific questions or would like to contact any of the EI teams providing these services, please feel free to email the teams from these email links:


End of support for CentOS 7 to receive maintenance updates (only Security errata and select mission critical bug fixes will be released) is June 2024. After that time, we will be unable to install security updates to keep systems secured on CentOS 7. Running an operating system that is no longer supported presents incredible IT risks to the enterprise that can be eliminated by moving to a newer, supported operating system. This project will work to migrate or retire any EI-managed servers still using this version of Linux Server. A business case outlining the project's goals and justification can be found by clicking the button below.

Project Business Case

The project is already started. A business case outlining timeline and project phases can be found by clicking the button below.

Project Business Case

Our deadline for project completion is June 1, 2024

If you're a Core Application Services (EI-CAS) or Specialized Application Services (EI-SAS) customer, your Enterprise Infrastructure systems administrator will be reaching out to discuss the options available to you. Those groups will either retire the server at your request (if no longer needed) or they will migrate your application to a new server running a supported version of a Linux Server operating system.

If you're a co-managed customer, EI-TPS will reach out to you to ask you what your future plans are for this system. If you're retiring the system, you need to submit a server decommission request using the button below. If you plan on migrating your application to a server running a newer operating system, you can request a new server using the button below.

Server Decommission Request

Request a New Server

Unfortunately, EI-TPS will be unable to assist customers with application migrations to a new server. Should you require assistance, we'd encourage you to consider Specialized Application Services for your server hosting needs.

Specialized Application Services (EI-SAS) has a team of 3 experienced Linux Systems Administrators available to assist customers with their CentOS 7 migration needs. We can migrate your application to a new virtual server on campus or help you with your migration to a cloud platform. Our charge is $95/hour and is chargeable to your MFK. We also offer on-going system administration service, if that is if interest. If you would like to find out more, please email us to setup a time to discuss your needs. More information is on EI-SAS is available their support pages on the ITS website.

We will be deploying Ubuntu 22.04. This version is the current Long Term Support (LTS) version and will be supported under their extended support until May 2032.

No, there are no extended support options for CentOS 7

Ubuntu servers provided by EI-TPS will also receive automated monthly updates as part of the managed service. Updates will be applied during the assigned maintenance window for each system. Please work with your systems administrators to determine an appropriate maintenance window for your systems.

The Ubuntu license/support costs are centrally funded when utilizing EI services for virtual servers (EI-managed, co-managed, or customer-managed), but the cost for an EI managed virtual server (VM) running Ubuntu will be vary based off the compute resources requested. General VM pricing information is available on this page. More details on the Ubuntu support are available on our support site

The only other EI-managed and supported Linux operating system available is Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9. RHEL 9 support for EI managed servers is expected to be available by the end of 2023. If your application will not run under Ubuntu, please discuss with an EI systems administrator about your options to use RHEL 9. There is no centrally funded option for RHEL9 and each server will require a Red Hat license. Estimated license cost will be ~$720/year. There will be additional monthly costs for the VM based off the compute resources on the server. More pricing information is available on our virtual server pricing support site.

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November 15, 2023