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UW Subdomain Request
You may now choose to have a sub-domain under either UW.EDU or WASHINGTON.EDU. Email and other services are using uw.edu as the primary domain now and we are now encouraging new sub-domains to be under the uw.edu parent domain and then choose to also set a link from the washington.edu domain as well. Domains in either uw.edu or Washington.edu will be reserved in both so as to maintain a consistent identity across both domains.
Your first step should be to determine whether or not a new subdomain is really necessary for your department. We have over 350 subdomains registered in the “washington.edu” namespace, and there already may be one that would suit your needs. To avoid complicating subdomain management any more than necessary, we encourage units to use existing subdomains whenever an appropriate one already exists.
Identifying an appropriate existing subdomain for your department can be difficult. If you are unsure about what subdomains exist that might work for you, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you.
If you do determine that an existing subdomain won’t suit the needs of your department, a new one can be requested by returning the information below to UW Network Operations. New subdomains must be approved by all of the following people:
- Chair/Head of sponsoring department
- Cognizant Dean or Vice President
- Vice President, UW Information Technology
Do not worry about obtaining the approvals yourself. We will do all the legwork of obtaining the approvals. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Subdomains under “uw.edu” or “washington.edu” are intended to provide a “home” for names of individual computers belonging to a particular department. Thus, subdomain names are usually derived from academic or administrative department names, typically as abbreviations such as “phys” for physics or “geog” for geography, or as acronyms such as “gslis” for the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.
If this subdomain will be used to create a new Windows domain (Active Directory domain), then you should first review https://itconnect.uw.edu/wares/msinf/domains/.