Banner/Minerva and AX Imaging upgrade April 2016


This spring, McGill University will be upgrading Banner, the University’s enterprise repository of data for administrative systems, including Student Records, Human Resources, Finance and Student Aid.

Starting at noon on Friday, April 1
Ending at noon on Tuesday, April 5

Banner and Minerva will be unavailable during this period, and several major services including:

  • New or replacement McGill ID cards
  • Official and advising transcripts
  • Confirmation of registration / graduation letters
  • Tax receipts
  • Course registration
  • Mercury course evaluations
  • Applications for admission
  • Access to all Minerva forms - including several applications that may be important during this period such as the Class Schedule and Visual Schedule Builder to prepare for registration, the Student Accounts menu.
  • Other systems are also impacted. View a complete listing of Services Impacted.

Why are we upgrading?

This is a technical upgrade, necessary to maintain the longevity of the Banner system, upon which so many other services depend. The last Banner upgrade was done in 2010 and required 3 days of downtime. Six years later, the project scope is much larger due to the number of new applications that rely on Banner.

What’s changing?

There will be no new functionality and most users will not notice any changes to Banner INB or Minerva. However, the hardware and software are being upgraded to provide a more robust platform for future service enhancements.

Changes for administrative users of Banner INB and Banner Imaging/AX:

 - A new URL for Banner INB (shortcuts and browser favorites will need to be updated).
 - A new version of Java will need to be installed on administrative computers.
 - VPN connection is now required to access Banner INB from off campus.
 - Application Xtender imaging software will be upgraded to a newer version.
See Banner-Minerva-Imaging upgrade 2016