Server Operating Systems Standard



To provide a secure, stable, robust, cost effective infrastructure for the hosting of network based services such as email, file and print, databases, applications and hosting.


  1. All new server hardware that will be used for new application infrastructure will be based upon the X86 or IBM Power CPU.
  2. All server operating systems that will be used for new application infrastructure will be Microsoft Windows, Linux or AIX.
  3. All operating system versions will be maintained at a level to ensure vendor support is available and critical security patches are provided.


Server - A computer or device on a network that host software or provide computing resources to one or more end users over the network. Some examples of service provide by a server include database, file sharing, printer sharing, web hosting or application hosting.

New Application Infrastructure - New product or an existing product without a direct upgrade path from the existing version or vendor.


Server hardware and operating systems will be consistent across the enterprise.


This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies including the University Systems Office but excluding other higher education institutions, i.e. campuses and agricultural and research centers.

Statement of Commitment

North Dakota's CIO/CTO directs that IT Policy be created to establish statewide information technology policies and standards as defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-09).


Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

Revision Number: 3
Revision Date: 2017-12-19
Effective Date: 2006-10-24
Last Reviewed: 2020-03-05
Number: POL0020054