Badger is the software application used to manage the MNC laboratories.  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.


To sign up for a Badger account you must first install Badger on your computer, launch Badger, and fill out the "New Member" form. *Follow the detailed instructions below.


Once you have an account set up, you can access Badger in two different ways:

  1. Local- Access Badger through the downloadable computer program (must have Amazon Corretto 8 and OpenWebStart or Oracle Java installed). Badger computer station are located throughout the labs with the program accessible from the desktop.
  2. Remote- 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

Badger Prerequisites

Amazon Corretto and OpenWebStart (preferred)

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.

Install OpenWebStart

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.

Configure OpenWebStart

Badger may run slowly (or not at all) with the default OpenWebStart settings.
  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. The parts that matter seem secure though.

Oracle Java (alternative)

Amazon Corretto and OpenWebStart (or IcedTea-Web) are preferred for running Badger. However, Oracle Java is still a viable option. Please be aware Oracle Java is no longer free to use for many MNC lab members. MNC does not provide Oracle Java licenses.

Launch Badger

Once you have a working installation of Amazon Corretto 8 and OpenWebStart (or Oracle Java), click on this link to launch Badger. If Badger does not launch, you may have to manually associate OpenWebStart with .jnlp files. Consult your Operating System documentation.
After successfully launching Badger, follow the instructions under Running Badger for the first time.

Running Badger for the first time- 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.