Badger allows users and staff to turn equipment on/off, make equipment reservations, track and communicate maintenance and processing problems, and run a report to see monthly charges for lab use.

Quick Instructions

  1. Install Amazon Corretto 8.
  2. Install OpenWebStart.
  3. Configure OpenWebStart to use the Corretto JVM and to not favor https request.
  4. Run the Badger application using OpenWebStart.
  5. New lab members need to sign up for a Badger account using the New Member? button.
  6. Once registered, you can use the Badger application as well as Badger microservices.

Detailed instructions for each step can be found below.

Install Amazon Corretto 8

Amazon Corretto is an implementation of the Open Java Development Kit. Packages for many Operating Systems are available for download. Installation guides are available for all supported environments.

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Install OpenWebStart

OpenWebStart is an open source implementation of Java Web Start. Download OpenWebStart and follow the install instructions for your Operating System. If your OS is not listed, you should see if there is a package available through some other means. If OpenWebStart is not available for your OS, look into IcedTea-Web.

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Configure OpenWebStart

  1. Launch OpenWebStart Settings.
  2. JVM Manager > Add local...
    Browse to and select your Amazon Corretto JRE folder. On Windows, this is typically C:\Program Files\Amazon Corretto\jre8.
  3. Security > Do not favor https requests
    This needs to be checked or launching Badger will be very slow. This is due to some parts of Badger going over http.
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Run the Badger Application

Badger is a Java Web Start application. Running the Badger application is as easy as using OpenWebStart to open the Badger application .jnlp file. You may have to download the Badger application file and then launch it with OpenWebStart. You may also have to manually associate OpenWebStart with .jnlp files.

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Sign up for a Badger Account

  1. Use the New Member? button on the login screen to complete the application. Required fields are marked with asterisks. If you have a address, enter it.
  2. Enter your account information on the new member screen. University of Minnesota users should use their EFS budget chart string. External academic users should enter "external academic". Industry users should enter "industry".
  3. You will receive a confirming e-mail after you have completed New User Orientation and MNC staff have approved and activated your account. Note that the email is an automated one, and your mail filtering and spam controls may send the email to your spam folder (this is definitely true for mail accounts). If the application confirmation email is not in your inbox, check the spam folder and mark the email as "not spam". Subsequent emails should end up in your inbox.
  4. In the cleanroom and labs, Badger can be run from the computer stations (there is a Badger shortcut icon on the desktop). If your email address is a address, then you only need to enter the part before for your login name.
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Badger Microservices

Badger Microservices allows you to access a version of Badger from any web browser on any Wi-Fi connected device (i.e. smart phone, tablet, or desktop). With this version you can:

  • Enable/Disable equipment
  • Make reservations
  • Report problems or shutdowns
  • Checkout supplies
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