ERAU Web Account Questions and Answers


What are the Web policies and procedures that govern my using this Web account?

How do I get a Web account at ERAU Prescott?

How do I get my Web information to my new Web account?

How do I get my files onto the server?

What HTML Editors are supported by the server or do you recommend?



How do I get a Web account here at ERAU? top

You will need an account on Mercury, our Unix Internet server. Use the following procedure for getting this account:

1. "Right Click" on the following link and select "Open in a new browser". Click here for the new account form!
2. Enter in your contact verification information. You will need to provide your Full Name, Colleague ID#, a phone number, and your ERAU e-mail address. Select "Prescott Campus" in the campus dropdown box and "Student Personal Account" for an account on this server.
3. In the case of a faculty member, please e-mail the UNIX administrator (prunix@erau.edu) your class roster with the designated information from #2 above.
4. The work order will be assigned to our IT UNIX administrator here in Prescott.
5. The administrator will verify your username and account and then open your Web account.
6. The administrator will e-mail you at your ERAU address with a password as well as links to the policies and procedures for maintaining and using your Web account. You have already signed these agreements when you first enrolled at ERAU.
7. In the case of a faculty memberís class roster, the administrator will e-mail the list to you with passwords attached.



How do I get my Web information to my new Web account? top

The only means of authenticating to our UNIX Web server is to use the program SSH. Both Telnet and FTP are no longer supported due to security issues. Here is the procedure for getting this free download:

1. Navigate to this site ftp://ftp.ssh.com/pub/ssh/ or http://mercury.pr.erau.edu/startup/SSHSecureShellClient-3.2.9.exe.
2. Grab the latest version. Look for a filename such as "SSHSecureShellClient-3.x.x.exe".
3. Save this onto your desktop or other location on your computer.
4. Double click the icon to install.
5. The defaults given in the installation should be fine for use with your ERAU Web account.



How do I get my files onto the server? top

1. Once you've installed the SSH program, start the SSH program.
2. Select "QuickConnect" and enter the host name: mercury.pr.erau.edu
3. Then enter the login name as your user name.
4. You will receive a warning message about "Unauthorized access to this or any other ERAU computer is strictly prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted."
5. Click OK and enter your password when prompted.
6. To transfer your files, click on the "New File Transfer Window" icon.
7. A file transfer window will appear. On the left hand side will be your current desktop, and on the right hand side will be your account on Mercury.
8. A "public_html" directory will show on the right hand side. Once you double click on that "public_html" folder, you may drag and drop your files into your Web account as needed.

To make changes to a file on your site - drag the appropriate file(s) from your site (right side of screen) to your machine (left side), make the needed changes, and then drag the file(s) back.
To tell someone how to view your site - have them navigate to "http://mercury.pr.erau.edu/~myusername". As an example, John Doe, might have a user name of doej52c. The home page URL for him would be "http://mercury.pr.erau.edu/~doej52c". If you have any problems, questions or suggestions, please contact the Help Desk at (928) 777-6990 (or 6990 from on-campus).



What HTML Editors are supported by the server or do you recommend? top

Dreamweaver (www.macromedia.com/dreamweaver) is the only official editor supported at ERAU. Microsoft FrontPage and Word are not suggested editors due to the additional code they insert that may cause problems within your HTML code.
There are also many freeware and shareware editors available. A good place to search for an editor would be at http://download.com. Click on the "Web Developer/"HTML Editors" link. Two HTML text editors for which you might search are "Notetab Light" and "Textpad". Use the search area of download.com to find both of these editors.



How can I learn more about HTML? top

Resources for HTML are available from almost any search engine. You might want to try searching for "html tutorials". You can use the ERAU IT Webshop site for additional information located at http://it.erau.edu/webshop.



What are the Web policies and procedures that govern my using this Web account? top

The policies and procedures are located at http://it.erau.edu/webshop/policies. You agreed to these policies and procedures when you first enrolled at ERAU and signed your paperwork. An additional reference page for ERAU policies are at http://it.erau.edu/. The bar on the right contains links to the official policy regarding Web usage.