Network Systems


Colocation is a way to provide campus departments and units an efficient and secure way to house their servers off-site and take advantage of the Computer Center Data Center's environmental controls and security features. Colocation allows departments to place their existing servers in a rack in the Computer Center Data Center. Colocation can also optimize overall server hardware costs for departments and the university.

Document Viewer

Document Viewer provides secure access to reports produced by the IT Services mainframe through a web browser. These reports are searchable, downloadable, and easily accessed.

Domain Name System (DNS)

MSU IT supports DNS for departments and units at MSU. The service provides greater redundancy than is normally designed in department-level systems.

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is used to configure network devices to access the MSU network via dynamic IP address allocation. MSU IT offers DHCP to department and units on campus. The service provides greater redundancy and portability across campus for users.

IPv6 Addressing

IPv6 is a new version of the Internet Protocol designed to succeed IPv4. It is available upon request.

MSU Network

IT Services provides the MSU community with network and wired and wireless Internet access on campus and in outlying MSU research centers. IT Services also manages the MSUnet campus backbone and IP network resources.

Network Consultation and Installation

IT Services offers network consulting, engineering, and installation services for MSU departments and units on and off campus. Network services include wired and wireless network design, installation, firewalls, virtual networking, and network security. Repair services are also available.


Virtualization is the process of creating a virtual version of an operating system, a server, a storage device, or network resource. Some of the benefits to virtualization include reducing the overall cost of hardware like servers and cooling systems. Both self-managed and managed server virtualization options are available.


MSUnet Wireless is the university's centrally-managed wireless Internet service. Campus buildings vary in their wireless coverage. Limited wireless access is available for guests and within residence halls.

Wireless Consultation and Installation

MSUnet Wireless is centrally managed by IT Services. Departments and units may request wireless consultation and installation.