Who: Students, Faculty, Staff and Affiliates who use Banner
What: System downtime for 2 weekends
When: Fri., 12/3 @7p thru 12/5; Fri., 12/17 @7p thru 12/19
Why: Migration to “Cloud” (remote) Hosting
Banner is now available following this weekend’s downtime to move Banner to “cloud” (remote) hosting. The link for the new cloud-hosted “Banner Web” is:
Please update any browser bookmarks or other references to Banner Web to use this new link. Links on the main Guilford website will be updated Monday, Dec. 20th.
ITS thanks the Guilford community for your patience during this migration process. We are especially grateful for the staff in offices across campus who worked many hours over weekends on this important project.
The new environment will offer more security for Banner, while also reducing costs.
If you have questions or notice issues with Banner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-316-2020.
Technical work to resolve issues identified during the 12/3 “Dress Rehearsal” weekend has gone well. ITS and key offices across campus are now preparing for the “Go Live” of the cloud-hosted Banner environment. Banner will be unavailable beginning at 7p on Friday 12/17 through Sunday 12/19. When Banner service is restored, it will be running in the new cloud envionment. (Note: If any critical process failures require a switch back to Guilford local Banner, ITS will make a “fall back” decision by 2p on Sunday, 12/19.)
Links (URLs) to Banner will change as part of this migration. ITS will announce the new links when the move to the cloud is complete.
Banner is now available following this weekend’s downtime for Banner “cloud” (remote) hosting preparations. ITS thanks the Guilford community for your patience during this process. We are especially grateful for the staff in offices across campus who worked many hours over the weekend on this important project. The results were positive overall. ITS is continuing to work through remaining issues in advance of the Dec. 17th move.
The Banner system used for functions including course registration and work time entry will be unavailable the weekends of 12/3 and 12/17 as ITS moves Banner to “cloud” (remote) hosting. This move will reduce costs of operating Banner and provide additional security features. On both weekends, Banner will be unavailable from Friday at 7p through Sunday for all except approved testers. ITS will make an announcement when regular Banner service is restored following the downtime.
Third-party systems with live connections to Banner may appear to be available during these weekends, but should not be used by anyone aside from approved testers. This is due to the risk of data loss or retrieving inaccurate data. Specifically, only approved testers should use the following systems during this time:
- CampusLogic Forms (for Federal Financial Aid data verification)
- CourseFinder and other Argos reporting applications
- Housing Application System (THD)
- Microsoft Access reports connecting to Banner
- OneCard ID Card System – issuing new cards or adding Quaker Cash
- Parking System (update for 12/17: “read” access to data without making updates is OK)
- Touchnet bill payment system
Note: This list will be updated based on initial testing results.
Regarding the Slate online application portal, prospective students will be able to apply and check applications during the dress rehearsal weekend. New applicant data will not, however, appear in Guilford’s production Banner until Banner and Slate are synchronized following the dress rehearsal.