Java Information

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Java is a common software used on the Internet for running certain web content.  It's been known in the last few years to have some security vulnerabilities and it's only recommended to install Java if you absolutely need it.  On the UC campus it is required for any faculty and staff needing to access our Native Banner system.  Note that for security purposes this system is only available on the Utica College network.  Off-site users must have VPN access to use Native Banner.

Java Compatibility with Native Banner


Do not install Java version 9 as it is currently incompatible with Native Banner!
As of 7/26/2017 Java version 8 update 144 is the newest working version and has been tested with Mozilla Firefox 52.3.0 ESR 32-bit [Download] (recommended), Internet Explorer 11.576, and Safari 10.0.1. 
Some functionality problems have been reported with this version with specific Banner screens or forms.  If you experience problems contact the Help Desk so we can notify the AIS team of the screen and downgrade you to Java 8 update 121.

These browsers will not work:
  • Google Chrome 42 and newer.
  • Firefox 52 and newer that are not ESR versions.
  • Microsoft Edge.
A Java security exception must be made for each user of the computer. See the Security Exception section in step 2 below for your operating system.
 

1) Preparing to Install:

WINDOWS
Before installing Java, it is recommended that you uninstall older versions:
  • Save or print these instructions, and close all web browsers.
  • Open the Windows Control Panel.
  • Click on the Uninstall a Program link or the Programs and Features icon.
  • Wait for the list to load and scroll down to find Java.
  • For each Java you have installed RIGHT click on it and choose uninstall.
APPLE
Operating system version 10.7.3 (Lion) or newer is required.  Press the Apple Menu and then About This Mac to check your version if you are unsure.  No other preparation is needed prior to the install.

2) To Install Java:

WINDOWS
  • Download our copy of the installer from Google Drive: here
  • If prompted to Run or Save, choose Save and place the file on your Desktop. 
  • Close all web browsers.
  • Once downloaded double click on the jre-8u121-windows-i586.exe file you downloaded to begin the install.
  • Follow the installer prompts.
  • When install is complete you may delete the installer file from your desktop if you wish.
    Security exception:
  • Open the Windows Control panel.
  • In the top right corner of the Control panel if the View By box says "Category", change it to Large Icons.
  • Double click on the Java control panel icon.
  • Open the Security Tab.
  • Click the Edit Site List button.
  • Click the Add button and type or paste in: http://bforms1.utica.edu:8888
  • Click OK and then Continue to save the setting.
  • You may now close the Java control panel and the Windows control panel.
APPLE
  • Download our copy of the installer from Google Drive: here
  • After the file downloads
  • After the file downloads a Java Oracle box will appear.  Double click on the icon there to begin the install.
  • Enter the password you use for this computer to authorize the install.
  • You may be prompted to confirm that you wish to use the software even though it was downloaded from the Internet, press the Open button.
  • Follow the rest of the on screen prompts.
    Security Exception:
  • From the Apple Menu choose System Preferences again.
  • Open the Java control panel.
  • Open the Security Tab
  • Click the Edit Site List button
  • Click the Add button and type or paste in: http://bforms1.utica.edu:8888
  • Click OK and then Continue to save the setting.
  • You may now close the Java control panel and the System Preferences window.

3) To Launch Native Banner:

WINDOWS
  • Open Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer, and browse to http://as280.utica.edu to access Native Banner.  
  • Depeding on the browser you will likely need to click on a link in the center of the screen to force Java to start.
  • You may be prompted to accept some security warnings.  Look for checkboxes or options such as "allow and remember" that will save your choices so you don't have to accept these warnings every time.
  • If you reach the login screen Java is working properly.
APPLE
  • Open Firefox (recommended) or Safari and browse to http://as280.utica.edu to access Native Banner.  
  • You may be prompted to "Click to use Java".
  • And you'll need to accept some security warnings.  Press the Use Every Time button to remember the choice for the future.
  • If prompted to block unsafe components choose Don't Block.
  • When prompted choose Run to execute the software.
  • If you reach the login screen Java is working properly.

Troubleshooting:


Please enter a support ticket, call 315-792-3115, or email helpdesk@utica.edu


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Phone: (315) 792-3115

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