Every computer on a network has a unique identifier. Just as you would address a letter to send in the mail, computers use the unique identifier to send data to specific computers on a network. Most networks today, including all computers on the Internet, use the TCP/IP protocol as the standard for how to communicate on the network.

Virtual Machine (VM) is a guest server hosted on a VM host. The ACCC VM service includes maintenance of the physical environment such as power, cooling, physical security and networking, system monitoring, patches and upgrades, backups, business continuity and disaster recovery, and performance tuning.

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To connect to UIC Virtual Private Network (VPN) on a Windows computer, download and install AnyConnect from the WebStore. Visit for instructions.

To connect to MySQL and MariaDB databases on Linux virtual servers, use a tool like MySQL Workbench (cross-platform), or Sequel Pro (Mac OS X). Both are free applications.


Visit MySQL Workbench download page. Select your platform and click the Download button. On the next page, click "No thanks, just start my download" link to start your download. Install as you would other software on your computer.

To add, remove or update users of a Linux virtual server:

This guide explains how to install the Bluestem client on a Linux (CentOS 7) server.

Register application server

Visit Bluestem application server registration page and click Add New Server. Type the hostname of the server in Hostname field. If the server later gets a CNAME, the CNAME will automatically work with Bluestem without any additional registrations. Copy the key string and click Save Changes.

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