Domain names at NTNU
NTNU's name policy regulate the use of the university's official domains ntnu.no and ntnu.edu. The goal is to have uniform and unambiguous domain names and URL addresses.
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Norsk versjon - domenenavn ved NTNU
Domains and websites #
You must apply if you wish to create domains, websites and email domains for official units. The Communication Division in the highest authority in delegation cases. The IT division should consult with the Communication Division in delegation cases. Approved delegation is to be implemented by the IT Division. Domains that are registered under NTNU's organization number without specific permission from the Communication Division, can be deleted without warning.
NTNU has a quota of domain names under its organization number. In addition to ntnu.no, NTNU disposes 99 other domain names, such as renatesenteret.no and universitetsavisa.no. Time limited projects or events will not receive domain names from NTNU's quota, as these are only given to permanent units or initiatives.
Applications for domain names from NTNU's quota can be sent to the Communication Division, via hjelp.ntnu.no. The IT division's host master, email@example.com, can give advice on buying domains outside of NTNU.
NTNU has to separate websites in Norwegian and English. The main categories of information in English on the NTNU are gather under two collected terms:
Official sites #
If you wish for a website directly under ntnu.no or ntnu.edu (at the root level), you should write to the ICommunication Division, via hjelp.ntnu.no. Approved delegations of websites can then be created by a unit's webmaster.
Unofficial websites #
Unofficial websites under org.ntnu.no and folk.ntnu.no are preapproved and are technically handled by Orakel Support Services.
Official webpages #
By official webpages, we mean pages that are published on behalf of NTNU centrally, at faculty, department, academic group or unit level, that are directly subject to NTNU's management. All official webpages are placed directly in the domain ntnu.no (Norwegian) or ntnu.edu (English).
Here are some areas fall outside of the category on behalf of NTNU':
- Information about education, course and conferences for which NTNU does not have academic or administrative responsibility.
- Personal webpages that mostly contain an NTNU employee's personal opinions, leisure activities or private life, where the individual employee is responsible for the content, or where it is unreasonable to view the institution NTNU as responsible for the content. NTNU managers should not have to have editor duties.
- Organizations or units that are attached to but no directly subject to NTNU's management.
Unofficial webpages #
Webpages that are not published on behalf of NTNU and that the university does not have editor duties for are unofficial. Examples of such are connected but independent organization and personal websites.
Peripheral businesses #
Corporations where NTNU owns all of or a large part of the stocks, foundations administrated by NTNU and other independent business that are in various ways connected to NTNU, but are note organizationally a part of the university, are encouraged to establish their own domains outside of NTNU. NTNUs hostmaster can provide information and help regarding registering domains, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student organizations #
Webpages: Independent student organization with loose ties to NTNU can receive webpages under the org.ntnu.no domain. Examples of such organizations are student organizations, sports teams and organizations connected to student democracy. The group's name must contain at least nine characters. The web address then follows the form "org.ntnu.no/organization_name"
Email addresses: Organizations that receives websites under the org.ntnu.no domain also receive the right to create mailing lists under the domain. The mailing list addresses with start with the organizations chosen nickname as in org.ntnu.no/organization_name.
Personal webpages #
All students and employees at NTNU have the right to personal webpages under the domain folk.ntnu.no. The word "folk" is chosen because it works both in Norwegian and in English. The address will be of the form folk.ntnu.no/username, where the username is your regular username as a student or employee at NTNU.
Email addresses #
For official email addresses (this means email-lists, aliases, shared mailboxes, non-personal addresses), for example for units or projects, a different name type will be used than in the case of websites. The adress here would be email@example.com.The logic here is different because there is no structural mechanisms for the local part (to the left of @). To administrate all emails in NTNU, the IT department will have to use the domainpart (to the right of @). This part is used to group and access control the adresses, and you avoid adress collisions for similar functional adresses. (for eksample posttmottak@avdeling).
The main rule is that NTNUs emails gets the no-domain. This will in some cases be given exception for some edu. addresses.
Machine domains #
Machines domains are a way of organizing client and sever machines. All computers at NTNU should have a machine name and belong to a domain. The domain should be attached to the unit responsible for the computer. The name policy does not set guidelines for these names, beyond the normal technical specifications for DNS entries [RFC1035].
Windows resource domains #
The IT Division offers resource domains in Active Directory for Windows computers, both servers and stationary machines. The advantage of being in a Windows domain is simpler administration, as well as the opportunity for authentication of NTNU users. By using the IT Divisions resource domain, you don't need to run your own domain server. Note that the computers in the IT Divisions resource domain still have to belong to the machine domain unit.ntnu.no.
Infrastructure in NTNU's network can be registered directly under ntnu.no. Examples of such infrastructure are network equipment (routers and switches), name servers and DHCP servers. Commons domain and service names such as ansatt.ntnu.no, win.ntnu.no and innsida.ntnu.no are allowed if they are administrated by the IT Division and are of common benefit.
Why do we have a naming policy? #
Short words in URL addresses make them easier to remember, for example in brochures, business cards and on slides. Relevant, descriptive link addresses give better hits in search engines. It is important that the subaddresses reflect the logical structure of ntnu.no.
The overall principles for NTNU's naming policy are that URL addresses should have unambiguous and logical connections to the institution the name is referring to. At the same time, the name should be as short as possible and with as few parts as possible. The standard address form should be ntnu.no/unit (for the Norwegian website) and ntnu.edu/unit (for the English website.) Webpages of the form "unit.ntnu.no" should not be used.
Also see #
Read all about the naming policy here (Norwegian PDF).
To request for websites directly under ntnu.no or ntnu.edu (at root level), apply to the Communication Division, via hjelp.ntnu.no.
Unofficial sites under the org.ntnu.no and folk.ntnu.no domains are pre approved and directly administrated by Orakel Support Services