On Tuesday, March 1st, 2021 IT Services was required to decommission SFU's legacy server in response to a serious technical issue with the service.

IT Services has prepared alternative recommendations for those using and aims to support those with who need assistance.


Secure Shell (SSH) Access to SFU Services

For faculty and staff

Faculty and staff must move to SFU's Virtual Private Network (VPN) for SSH access to SFU services.

SFU VPN is a way for faculty and staff to remotely connect to SFU's internal network using a secure (encrypted) and private connection. This service also provides access to SFU systems that are typically inaccessible while working remotely.

For non-faculty and staff

If you are not faculty or staff, please provide details on what services or hosts you are using to connect to through, and we will try to accommodate your needs.

Legacy Web Publishing

Static content

If you are using to host a static website, please use our new web host at This server offers similar functionality to Fraser for static website hosting.

Note that SFU's file server hosting static content will not change, and there is no need to migrate or transfer content. The only change required is to update your connection to use in place of

Dynamic content

If you are hosting dynamic content on using Perl, Python, PHP, etc., please contact us for consultation regarding a new host for your content at SFU.

Note that IT Services is only able to provide a new host for content. Content creators are responsible for any required code changes or development updates.

Command-Line Access to SFU Email

Access to command-line email will be retiring with the sunsetting of If you use a command-line email client, we advise you to move to a modern email client such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird, or connect with SFU Mail online.


I use SFU's personal webspace, will my website URL ( change?

No. Your website URL will remain the same after is decommissioned.

I currently use SFTP to transfer my files to/from SFU using What should I use now?

If you are using SFTP to transfer your files using please change any connection references from to and it should work.