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ROHAN Email and Web Hosting


The server will cease operations on May 30, 2017.


  • Faculty may request website redirects from old URLs to their new website's URL.  These redirects will remain in place after the ROHAN server is retired in June.
  • Websites hosted on will go away after May.  Faculty, academic staff, and student organizations may request to be moved over to the new server.  Please see the Library Web Hosting page for more information.
  • Email accounts will go away after May.  All email accounts will be deleted. Save messages or files you wish to keep before your account goes away.  Change Facebook and any other website that uses your email for password recovery!   SDSUid provides a free student email with an address.
  • Faculty and student class shell accounts may be requested on  EDORAS Linux accounts may be used to create webpages on  Please see Instructor Class Accounts for more details.
  • The Palo Alto VPN is required to access SDSU computing resources from off campus.  Faculty and Staff should contact their department's Active Directory OU Administrator to be authorized in the VPN group, and to receive VPN installation and usage instructions.  Students can not use the VPN at this time.

ROHAN Webmail

SDSUid Student email has replaced Rohan email for students, GMail has replaced Rohan email for Faculty/Staff. 

All existing ROHAN email, shell accounts and web pages will be discontinued after the end of the Spring 2017 semester.  Change Facebook and any other websites that use your email for password recovery!  Save any emails and files you wish to keep.  ROHAN will no longer exist after the end of this semester.

  • If you have lost your Rohan password, please visit the Library Computing HUB in LL-200, (619) 594-3189, for a replacement.  Bring your SDSUcard. If you can not visit the Help Desk, email rohanproblems @ with a selfie showing your SDSUcard with your photo and RedID clearly visible.

SDSUid provides free student email with an address and webmail, as well as eduroam wireless access and Microsoft Office 365Office Quick Start Guides provides printable guides containing useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help you find your way around.

If you can not find your SDUid activation email, you can activate your SDSUid account here using your WebPortal credentials.

 Office 365Mail  SDSUid Webmail Login

Webmail Login Rohan Webmail Login   


Forwarding ROHAN email via webmail (SquirrelMail)

Email forwarding will stop after the Spring 2017 semester.  To Forward your e-mail:

  1. Log into your webmail account.
  2. Select the Options link from the top of the page.
  3. Once inside Options, select the Vacation Message link.
    This opens up a page where you can select options to forward your e-mail.
  4. Once you no longer want your e-mail to be sent to a different e-mail address, ​go back to this Options window and uncheck the boxes

How to Make a Webpage for your ROHAN Account

All ROHAN webpages will go away after the Spring 2017 semester.  Your homepage url will be:

Home Page Steps

  1. Obtain a ROHAN account 
  2. Create your HTML and/or Graphic Files
  3. Transfer your Files via FTP to your public_html folder
  4. Refresh the browsers Cache to see changes

The following resources will help you make a webpage. You can use a variety of programs to create your webpage. You must save your webpage as a file called index.html so that it is your default page when you type in your url:

1. Create Your Web Page

If you write your own code, It is recommended that you use Note Pad for the PC and TextWangler for the Mac (**Text Edit for Mac tends to create problems with quotation marks which make the code not work).

HTML & Web Page Creation Resources

  • W3 Schools - At W3Schools you will find all the Web-building tutorials you need, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP.
  • Youtube - you can find all sorts of "how-to" videos. For example, you can search for "how to make a website."
  • idocs - Guide to HTML which allows you to search for HTML tags
  • HTMLGOODIES - Beginners Guide to HTML
  • HTML Color Chooser - Convert RGB to HEX and vice versa
  • ROHAN Checking Web Error Logs - Look for errors in your ROHAN personal web page
  • ROHAN Graphics Library - A library of ROHAN bars, buttons and images
  • SDSU Accessibility Resources to help your web pages meet web accessibility requirements (Section 508).

2. Transferring files to ROHAN

You must transfer ALL files, images, etc. associated with your web page using a Secure File Transfer Program(SFTP). On a PC, you can use WinSCP and on a Mac, you can use Fetch.
  1. Open your file transfer program (for example, WinSCP or Fetch)
  2. Log into the server: Host name is and you use your ROHAN username and password to authenticate.
  3. Transfer your index.html file and any graphics or files (for example, your resume in PDF format) that will go on your page into your "public_html" directory.​

ROHAN Web Server - Web Page Guidelines

Web Page Content Creation

The following guidelines merit consideration when creating your web page on ROHAN:

  • The material and subject matter in your home page reflects upon San Diego State University and you.
  • Your home page can and will be accessed by people from all over the world!
  • Some material may be protected by copyright laws and thus requires permission to use. Be sure you have that permission.
  • The content of your home page can not be used for business or commercial gain.
  • Avoid offensive language and graphics.
  • Further information regarding SDSU campus web policy, style, content, and templates for example San Diego State University Home Pages, can be found in the Web Style Guide for SDSU.

ROHAN Policies

All ROHAN accounts will be terminated after May 30, 2017.

View the ROHAN policies under Student Responsibilities for Academic Computer Use.

Student Responsibilities for Academic Computer Use

SDSU Policies

View the SDSU computing policy under SDSU Computing Acceptable Use Policy.

SDSU Computing Acceptable Use Policy


File Restores on ROHAN

ROHAN uses EMC Legato to backup home directories daily. The Legato backup allows a user to recover files themselves! Backups are run once a day, starting at 8:00PM. Backups normally finish by 1AM. A deleted file can only be restored if it existed before 8 PM.

The recover command will allow selection of file(s) to be recovered in the current directory. The most recent version of the file(s) will be recovered. Multiple files, directories, and wildcards may be used to select files (example: *.c readme Makefile) When a directory is recovered, the directory and all files within are recursively restored. A restore will normally finish in a minute or two.

Recovering a file deleted today, myfilename.c:

rohan ~ > recover
recover: Using sauron as server
recover: Current working directory is /home/un/joeuser/
recover> ls -l myfilename.c
-rw-r--r-- 66257 Sep 13 02:00 myfilename.c
recover> add myfilename.c
1 file(s) marked for recovery
recover> recover
Recovering 1 file into its original location
Volumes needed (all on-line):
sauron.001.R0 at E:\Raid\_AF_readonly
Total estimated disk space needed for recover is 66 KB.
Requesting 1 file(s), this may take a while...
Received 1 file(s) from NSR server `sauron'
Recover completion time: Thu Sep 13 12:22:06 2001
recover> quit

The ls command displays files that existed in your account yesterday. If the file that needs recovering was removed before yesterday, ls will not find that file. Reset recover for an earlier time, displaying the filesystem as it then existed. The changetime command is used to reset when to display the filesystem, as in changetime last week or as in changetime Sep 6

Recovering a file deleted a week ago from the public_html directory, index.html:

rohan ~ > cd public_html
rohan public_html > recover
recover: Using sauron as server
recover: Current working directory is /home/un/joeuser/public_html
recover> ls -l index.html
recover: index.html: not found
recover> changetime last week
time changed to Thu Sep 6 23:59:59 2001
recover> ls -l index.html
-rw-r--r-- 2345 Sep 6 02:00 index.html
recover> add index.html
1 file(s) marked for recovery
recover> recover
Recovering 1 file into its original location
Volumes needed (all on-line):
sauron.001.R0 at E:\Raid\_AF_readonly
Total estimated disk space needed for recover is 3 KB.
Requesting 1 file(s), this may take a while...
Received 1 file(s) from NSR server `sauron'
Recover completion time: Thu Sep 13 12:32:15 2001
recover> quit


  • Display prior versions of file(s) by "versions", ex: versions myfilename.c
  • Select a prior version by "changetime date", ex: changetime Sep 11
  • Type nsrwatch to view the status of the backup server
  • Type quit to exit from recover or nsrwatch
  • When using recover, type help for help
  • For more information on recover, see man recover


Rohan no longer provides software for downloading.  Please go to the EDORAS Software webpage for software downloads.

ROHAN Software


About the ROHAN Web Server

ROHAN, the Academic Computing Web Server at San Diego State University is administered by Information and Digital Technologies staff in the Library. This web server will focus on items that assist academic users with their computing experience at SDSU, as well as other SDSU Library resources. The mission of ROHAN and its many services is to enhance the instructional mission at San Diego State University by providing to the Faculty, Staff, and Students of Academic Affairs and its affiliated departments and organizations academic computing resources for classwork and research. ROHAN's webmaster is Ron Nash

Your suggestions and comments are welcomed. ROHAN users can contact the above staff via email to

The ROHAN name is taken from a geographical area of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle Earth saga "Lord of the Rings". ROHAN inhabitants were a nomadic and highly skilled equestrian people.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those that wander are lost.

--- J. R. R. Tolkien ---

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