Banner and Oracle Upgrades

The regular Banner and Oracle maintenance window is scheduled for every Saturday evening starting at sundown until midnight.  During this time any systems that rely on Banner data and the underlying Oracle database may be unavailable.  These services include Banner Admin, Banner Self-service servers (like Registration and Student Profile), Redwood, Vault, CAS authentication or Andrews Secured Websites, TouchNet credit card payment processing.

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Upgrade Key words:

  • Oracle Patches:  This implies the Banner Oracle database server critical patch upgrades which take about 2-3 hours to complete and come out quarterly.  During these upgrades all database instances will be shutdown and any services requiring banner data will be unavailable.  This includes Banner Admin, Banner Self-service servers (like Student Registration, Student Profile, Employee Self-service, etc…), Vault, iVue, prevue, TouchNet credit card backend services, Redwood, CAS authentication for Andrews University secured webpages.
  • Oracle Version Upgrade:  This implies the Banner Oracle database version upgrades which can take 6 - 10 hours to complete and will often be scheduled for multiple days including Saturday nights and part of Sunday for the core upgrade and additional Saturday nights for different Database instance upgrades.  This will typically happen every 1 - 3 years depending on the version of Oracle that Banner supports.  This affects the same resources as the Oracle Patches.
  • Banner Upgrades:  This implies the Banner Admin and Banner Self-Service web servers are being upgraded.  During this time the following services may be intermittently available. Making any updates in these resources is not advisable because servers may become unavailable at any time during an update process.  These services include: Banner Admin, Banner Self-service servers (like Student Registration, Student Profile, Employee Self-service, etc…), Vault, iVue, prevue, TouchNet credit card backend services.
  • Degree Works Upgrades:  This may include upgrades to the Degree Works Oracle database server as well as the different Degree Works application servers.  During this time the Degree Works servers will not be available.
  • Upgrade Blackout:  These are scheduled dates where no upgrades will happen due to events requiring banner services during this upgrade window. To request an Upgrade Black out date please email dba@andrews.edu with the date and reason and we will evaluate whether we can alter the upgrade schedule. In general, you should plan to not need banner services on Saturday night.
  • Tentative:  This is an unconfirmed maintenance window that will be determined closer to the actual date.

 

Upgrade calendar: This calendar may change as upgrades are approved for deployment into production.  To receive notifications on Thursday or Friday prior to the upgrades please subscribe to the bannerupgrades mailing list: (Subscribe Here)

Date: Upgrade Notes:
October 24, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (SFS)
October 31, 2020 Oracle Patches
November 07, 2020 Banner Upgrades
November 14, 2020 Banner Upgrades
November 21, 2020 None
November 28, 2020 None
December 05, 2020 Tentative
December 12, 2020 Tentative
December 19, 2020 Tentative
December 26, 2020 Tentative
January 02, 2021 Tentative
January 09, 2021 Tentative
January 16, 2021 Tentative
January 23, 2021 Tentative
January 30, 2021 Tentative
February 06, 2021 Tentative
February 13, 2021 Tentative
February 20, 2021 Tentative
February 27, 2021 Tentative
March 06, 2021 Tentative
March 13, 2021 Tentative
March 20, 2021 Tentative
March 27, 2021 Tentative
April 03, 2021 Tentative
April 10, 2021 Tentative
April 17, 2021 Tentative
April 24, 2021 Upgrade Blackout (SFS)
May 01, 2021 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
May 08, 2021 Tentative
May 15, 2021 Tentative
May 22, 2021 Tentative
May 29, 2021 Tentative
June 05, 2021 Tentative
June 12, 2021 Tentative
June 19, 2021 Tentative
June 26, 2021 Tentative
July 03, 2021 Tentative
July 10, 2021 Tentative
July 17, 2021 Tentative
July 24, 2021 Tentative
July 31, 2021 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
August 07, 2021 Tentative
August 14, 2021 Tentative
August 21, 2021 Tentative
August 28, 2021 Tentative
September 04, 2021 Tentative
September 11, 2021 Tentative
September 18, 2021 Tentative
September 25, 2021 Upgrade Blackout (SFS)
October 02, 2021 Tentative
October 09, 2021 Tentative
October 16, 2021 Tentative
October 23, 2021 Tentative
October 30, 2021 Tentative
November 06, 2021 Tentative
November 13, 2021 Tentative
November 20, 2021 Tentative
November 27, 2021 Tentative
December 04, 2021 Tentative
December 11, 2021 Tentative
December 18, 2021 Tentative
December 25, 2021 Tentative
January 01, 2022  

Upgrade calendar Archive:

Date: Upgrade Notes:
October 12, 2019 None
October 19, 2019 Banner Upgrades
October 26, 2019 Upgrade Blackout (SFS)
November 2, 2019 Banner Upgrades (Oracle Restart, Banner Upgrades in TEST)
November 9, 2019 Oracle Patches, Banner Upgrades, Degree Works Upgrades 
November 16, 2019 Banner Upgrades
November 23, 2019 Upgrade Blackout (SFS)
November 30, 2019 Banner Upgrades
December 7, 2019 Banner Upgrades
December 14, 2019 Upgrade Blackout (REC, SFS)
December 21, 2019 Tentative-End Of year, Upgrade Blackout(REC)
December 28, 2019 Banner Upgrades (Minor-End of year)
January 4, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
January 11, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
January 18, 2020 Banner Upgrades
January 25, 2020 Banner Upgrades
February 1, 2020 None
February 8, 2020 Oracle Patches
February 15, 2020 Banner Upgrades
February 22, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (SFS)
February 29, 2020 Banner Upgrades
March 7, 2020 Banner Upgrades
March 14, 2020 Banner Upgrades
March 21, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC,SFS)
March 28, 2020 Degree Works Upgrades
April 4, 2020 Banner Upgrades
April 11, 2020 Banner Upgrades
April 18, 2020 None
April 25, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC, SFS)
May 2, 2020 Banner Upgrades - Upgrade Blackout Rescinded (REC)
May 9, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
May 16, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
May 23, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
May 30, 2020 Oracle Patches, Banner Upgrades, Degree Works Upgrades
June 6, 2020 None
June 13, 2020 Banner Upgrades
June 20, 2020 Banner Upgrades
June 27, 2020 None
July 4, 2020 Banner Upgrades
July 11, 2020 Banner Upgrades
July 18, 2020 None
July 25, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
August 1, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
August 8, 2020 Tentative
August 15, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC,SFS)
August 22, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
August 29, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
September 5, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
September 12, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (REC)
September 19, 2020 Oracle Patches
September 26, 2020 Upgrade Blackout (SFS)
October 3, 2020 None
October 10, 2020 None
October 17, 2020 Banner Upgrades