Getting Started Guide


For existing partners, please fill out this form and for new partners, please reach out to

In order to access the ITS Private Cloud environment for the first time, please follow this guide:

Step-by-step guide

  1. Initialize your VSKEY account (steps here).

  2. Review and Install and configure the VSS VPN client. (steps here).

  3. (optional) Try the introductory micro-course "Managing Virtual Machines on the ITS Private Cloud".

  4. Visit and click on the button to request a new virtual machine (VSKEY authentication required).

    1. Fill out the Virtual Machine (VM) specification as required.

    2. If you do not have any network requirements, select VSS-PUBLIC** or VSS-CGN** in the network tab to have an IP address allocated to your VM. The new IP address will be fixed (static) via DHCP. 

  5. Connect to your VM using one of:

    1. The Console Button on the  icon via the VSS Portal

    2. The vSphere Client at


**VSS-PUBLIC: Offers internet publicly available IPv4 address.

**VSS-CGN: Offers IPv4 addresses accessible via UofT IP addresses on-campus or via the institutional VPN service

Learning Centre

New:  "Quick Start" videos for VM management:

A basic summary of most of the VSS URLs is available here.



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