Banner FAQ's

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: FUN FEATURES


Question: Can I access Banner from home?
Answer: Yes. One of the nice features of Banner being web-based is you will be able to log into Banner from any computer connected to the internet. However, the machine that you access Banner from must have the Java plug-in installed. If you are trying to access Banner from a machine outside of your home, you may or may not have the ability to install this plug-in based on the security set on the machine. You may also need to have VPN access to our network in order to access Banner, for security reasons.


Question: How do I add a Personal Link to the Banner Main Menu?
Answer: You can now add up to six Personal links to the Banner Main Menu by using the GUAUPRF form (General User Preferences Maintenance). To add or change Personal Links: 1. At the Main Menu, click File> Preferences (from the pull-down menu bar) or type GUAUPRF in the Go To box and press the Enter key. 2. Select the 'My Links' tab. 3. Enter the friendly name for the link you want to add in the User Value field of the block that says "Your personal link description" (max. 90 characters). 4. Enter the corresponding URL (actual web address) or Banner form name in the User Value field of the block that says "Your personal link URL". This block will be located directly beneath the description block. 5. Click the Save icon (or press F10) to save your changes.


Question: How do I change the color settings in Banner?
Answer: You can change the color settings for the canvas (white space) of all forms, record highlighting, scroll and separator bars, and more. Use the GUAUPRF form (General User Preferences Maintenance) to do this. To change the color of an item:

1. At the Main Menu, click File> Preferences (from the pull-down menu bar) or type GUAUPRF in the Go To box and press the Enter key.
2. Make sure the Display Options tab is selected.
3. Use the User Interface Color Settings part of the screen to make your changes.
4. For the item you want to change, click the drop-down list in the User Value field. This will bring you to a color selection screen. You can choose a color from the pre-defined Swatches palette, or create your own shade by using HSB (Hue Saturation Brightness) or RGB (Red Green Blue) values.
5. Click on OK.
6. Click the Save icon (or press F10) to save your changes.
Note: To set the color back to the default, simply delete the value from the User Value field and Save.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: GETTING STARTED


Question: What is the URL for Banner?
Answer: https://inb.umt.edu/forms/frmservlet?config=helena.

Question: Are there rules about passwords?
Answer:

  • Passwords must be 8 characters (letters and/or numbers)
  • Do not use special characters
  • Passwords cannot be re-used (it remembers your old ones)
  • If you tried the wrong password 3 times, wait 6 minutes before retrying
  • Passwords expire after 90 days (with a 7 day grace period)
  • You can change your Banner password anytime by clicking the right hand link on the main menu

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: PROBLEMS & FIXES

 

Question: When I try to log into Banner why do I get the error that my account is locked?
Answer: If you have tried three unsuccessful attempts to log into Banner, the system will lock your account. Chances are you have entered the wrong username or password. To resolve, Banner will automatically unlock your account after 6 minutes. Try again at that point. If you receive the error "Invalid username/password" again, stop before the third attempt, and contact Sarah Dellwo via:


Question: Why does my Banner session suddenly disappear on me?
Answer: There may be two reasons why your Banner session disappears. (1) You may have inadvertently closed the "Connect to Banner" session window (which is the first window that opens when you launch Banner). Even though you do not work in this window, it must always remain open during your Banner session. (2) Check to see that your browser setting for 'Reuse Windows For Launching Shortcuts' is unchecked.

To uncheck 'Reuse of Windows for shortcuts' option:
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options and then click on Advanced tab.
3. Under the Browsing category, uncheck the 'Reuse Windows For Launching Shortcuts' option.
4. Click Apply, then OK.


Question: I've checked my browser and pop-up blocker settings, why won't Banner open for me?
Answer: Chances are the Plug-in is not installed on your machine. In addition, you probably do not have the local administrator privileges on your machine to do the install.

To troubleshoot, check to see that the Java Plug-In is installed on your machine.


Question: When I click on my Personal Links within Banner why does nothing launch?
Answer: Pop-up blockers can interfere with the performance of personal links. If you have pop-ups blocked either modify the settings to allow pop-ups from the Banner site (recommended) or hold down the Control key before clicking the Personal Link.


Question: Why doesn't the Data Extract work for me?
Answer: Typically this is related to a browser issue.

  1. Make sure you change your browser settings to NOT allow the reuse of windows for launching shortcuts.
    • Open Internet Explorer.
    • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options and then click on the Advanced tab.
    • Under the Browsing category, uncheck ‘Reuse Windows for Launching Shortcuts' option.
    • Click Apply, and then OK.
  2. Make sure that you have added the Banner site to the Trusted Sites zone in your Internet Options.
    • Open Internet Explorer.
    • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options and then click on the Security tab.
    • Click on the Trusted Sites icon, then on the Sites button.
    • Type ' https://inb.umt.edu/forms/frmservlet?config=helena ' in the 'Add this Web site to the zone' field.
    • Click Add.
    • Click Close to close the box.
    • Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.
  3. Make sure there are no pop-up blockers preventing pop-ups from the Banner site.
    • Open Internet Explorer
    • From the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.
    • Type ‘https://inb.umt.edu/forms/frmservlet?config=helena' in the ‘Address of Web site to allow' field.
    • Click Add.
    • Click Close to close the box.
  4. Enable Automatic Prompting for File Downloads (You must perform this step with Banner open!)
    • With Banner open, click on the Connect to Banner IE tab located in your task bar. This is your Banner session window and the first browser window that displays when you open Banner. Recall that Banner will always open two browser windows.
    • From the Tools menu, select Internet Options and then click on the Security tab.
    • Click on the Custom Level button.
    • In the Security Settings - Trusted Sites Zones dialog box, scroll to the Downloads section
    • Under ‘Automatic Prompting for file downloads' click on the Enable radio button.
    • Click Yes, then OK.
    • Click OK again to close the Internet Options dialog box

If you have taken the above steps, and the process still does not work for you, check to make sure that Excel is the program associated with the extract.

  •  
    • Open My Computer
    • Click on the Tools menu, then Folder Options.
    • Click on the ‘File Types' tab.
    • Locate the file type ‘.CSV' and make sure that ‘Microsoft Excel Comma Separated Value' is the file type selected.
    • If it isn't, click on the Change button, locate Excel, select it, and click OK.
    • Click OK to close the Folder Options box. 


Question: Why do I keep getting a "Security Warning"?
Answer: The first time you access Banner after installing the Java Plug-in, you will see a Security Warning which will prompt you to "Install and run the digital signature. Be sure the box next to "Always trust content from this publisher" is checked and the message will not appear again. However, if this box is unchecked, the warning will reappear each time you launch Banner.

Question:  I’m using a Mac and Banner won’t open for me.  What do I do?
Answer: To allow access to Banner on Safari using Java 8.1.151 you must first display Developer Tool on the menu and then EVERY time you access to Banner you must select the User Experience of Internet Explorer 11. 

To display Develop on the menu:

  • Open Safari
  • Safari, Preferences
  • Click on Advanced Tab
  • Check box to Show Develop Menu in the Menu Bar

To select the User Experience of Internet Explorer 11

  • Click on the Develop menu option
  • Select User Agent (2nd on the list)
  • Select Internet Explorer 11

This is a onetime setting and needs to be selected every time you access Banner.

You should also verify that inb.umt.edu allows:

  • Content Blocker
  • Pop-up blockers

Check Safari Website Preferences to see these individual settings.

 

Contact Information

Email: IT@helenacollege.edu
Phone: 406-447-6960

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