The Radboud University uses a concern-application BASS-finlog. This document explains how Science staff-members can use it.
Important message for BASS users who connect to BASS via the Port Forwarder:
The Port Forwarder will be stopped in the near future. Almost all FNWI desktops can connect to BASS directly after ca. September 25. For the exceptions we advise the use of vpn or the Windows Terminal Server.
To be able to use BASS for electronic cost declarations (i-Expense), one needs:
- a U-number (personnel number).
This can be requested from P&O. The corresponding RU-password can be reset by C&CZ for Science employees.
- a budget number (Dutch: kostenplaats).
This is available through your department or can be requested from P&C of the Financial Department.
To place orders (i-Procurement) or approve requisitions, one additionally needs:
- authorization in BASS/FinLog/Oracle, to be requested (see FAQ).
To order chemicals, one needs to use special software.
Access to BASS
- Access to BASS is certified only from certain combinations of the various Windows operating systems, versions of Internet Explorer, Java versions, etc. In practice many alternative configurations (Mac, Linux, other browsers) seem to work fine.
- BASS functions properly from any standard RU workstation and also from any Windows workstation managed by C&CZ.
- BASS can only be accessed directly from the campus network or through VPN (from any given Internet location). Note however that from a small part of the subnets at the Faculty of Science, direct access to BASS is not possible. These subnets are the ones with a lot of servers that can be accessed from the Internet.
- BASS functions such as Time and Electronic Declaration, and iProcurement only use the web browser and usually work with any browser from any platform (Chrome, IE, Firefox, Safari, on PC, Mac, Linux, or tablet). So electronic declarations from an iPad via VPN works fine.
- Other BASS functions ("forms") depend on Java. Therefore Java must be installed on the PC (Mac, Linux, etc.) to work with forms. Here the matter becomes more complex.
- On an iPad Java is not available, so in principle iPads cannot be used to work with forms.
- The Java version on the client (PC, Mac, Linux) may not differ "too much" from the version on the BASS server. A lower version on the client isn't a problem (for BASS, however it is a big security problem for the PC!), a higher version can be a problem for BASS.
- Other characteristics of the client (e.g. 32 or 64 bit version of the operating system) can play a role too.
- The functions in BASS which require Java are mostly used by the employees at CIF, CFA, DPO, budget holders and employees placing orders. If such a user needs to be able to work with BASS from home, it is advised to use the "remote desktop" feature (i.e. to connect to the desktop of the PC at work) or (at the Faculty of Science) to use the terminal server.
Preparing your PC
This manual describes how to use BASS from Windows XP or Windows 7, but things are essentially the same for Linux and the Mac.
The use of this web application requires configuration changes of your computer. The configuration change depends on your network settings, see next step.
Note: BASS can only be accessed from the campus or through a Vpn connection to the campus network. These limitations are for the sake of security.
Some parts of BASS require Java 6.x or 7.x to be installed on the PC. All C&CZ managed PC's have the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed.
Logon to BASS
This is a direct link to the login page of BASS.
If this fails, you don't have direct access to bass.ru.nl. You will have to use the vpn.
If one used the Port Forwarder to get access to BASS, then the hosts file will have been changed. The location of the hosts file on Windows XP systems is C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc. At the FAQ section at the bottom of this page, you'll find the location of the hosts file for other operating systems.
Because the Port Forwarder will be stopped, one has to delete the following lines:
127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.0.1 bassruap01.uci.ru.nl 127.0.0.1 bassruap02.uci.ru.nl 127.0.0.1 bassruap03.uci.ru.nl 127.0.0.1 bassruap04.uci.ru.nl
Now that your PC is configured, let's connect to BASS. There are 3 steps to get in:
Logon to the BASS proxy or gateway:
Use your U-number and password. This is the same as the password for http://www.radboudnet.nl.
Select "BASS - RU Productie".
If your PC is not behind the RU firewall, the "Forwarder" screen appears. This screen is needed for PCs which are not (yet) located behind the RU firewall.
At this point you'll see a new browser window titled "Welkom op BASS Release 12". Login with your U-number and your RU password.
If the new browser window doesn't appear (which is typically the case on Linux and Mac), open the following link in a new(!) browser window:
FAQ - Frequently asked questions
Who can answer my questions about the functionality of BASS-finlog?
The website of the CIF/CFA shows the contact details of the BASS helpdesk.
To request authorizations for BASS one has to hand in signed authorization documents. Users cannot request authorizations themselves at the BASS-finlog helpdesk.
Information about this procedure can be found at http://www.ru.nl/cif/cfa/bass-finlog/aanvragen/ Authorization request have to be processed and confirmed by FEZ of FNWI.
How can I set an initial BASS password or reset it later?
As of June 1, 2013 there is no separate BASS password anymore: use your U number and RU password to logon to BASS.
Where can I find the 'hosts'-file on my computer?
The location of the hosts file depends on the operating system:
|Operating system||Path of the hosts file|
|Windows, 32 bits||%systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc|
|Windows, 64 bit||%systemroot%\SysWOW64\drivers\etc|
Which subnets have direct access to BASS?
This is an overview of the vlans that are behind the RU-firewall and from which BASS allows a direct connection:
If the IP address of your PC (see above) is within one of these subnets you can go directly to BASS-FinLog.
I can't manage to get BASS running on my PC, are there any alternatives?
Yes, you can run BASS from another computer, like the Windows Terminal Server.