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1 June 10-15, 2012 Growing Community; Growing Possibilities Lori Tirpak & Aaron Grant

2  Oakland University is located in Rochester, Michigan  We have approximately 20,000 students  We have been running a Portal environment for 5 years and converted to Jasig uPortal in 2009  We were running uPortal before upgrading to  We have 2 full time staff members and 4 student employees dedicated to uPortal, CAS, uMobile and portlet development  We have only focused on student experience  Staff and faculty can log in but there are limited predefined features 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference2

3  Jasig uPortal (soon to be 4.0.5)  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0  Apache Tomcat  Oracle JDK  Groovy 8.4  PostgreSQL 8.4  Maven  Ant Jasig Sakai Conference3

4 ◦ LDAP - Red Hat Directory Server ◦ CAS (Central Authentication Service) ◦ Ellucian (formerly SunGard HE) Banner ◦ F5 BIG-IP 3900 using Local Traffic Manager Used for Load Balancing, SSL Termination, Port Redirection 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference4

5 uPortal Web Servers ◦ 2 Nodes - 50/50 Load Balanced  Dell Poweredge R610  Two Quad Core Xeon Processors  Processor, X5550, 2.66/6.4, 8mb L1 Cache Intel Dual Socket Nehalem  24 gb of RAM uPortal Database Servers ◦ 2 Nodes - Primary and Failover  Dell Poweredge R610  Two Quad Core Xeon Processors  Processor, X5550, 2.66/6.4, 8mb L1 Cache Intel Dual Socket Nehalem  24 gb of RAM 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference5

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7  LDAP and Banner group configurations ◦ This allows us to target specific groups of users with Tabs and portlets  Progress to Degree portlet ◦ Displays academic courses needed to complete degree  Grades portlet ◦ Displays to student midterm and final grades  Academic Information portlet ◦ List of student ID, Major, Advising info  Class schedule portlet ◦ List of courses a student is registered for along with a link to OU Bookstore to purchase required text books 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference7

8  LDAP Password Information portlet ◦ Password age, best practices and link to reset password.  Groovy build process ◦ Rapid deployment of uPortal, Puppetmaster script that runs Maven and Ant commands  CAS single sign ◦ Google apps for education, Moodle, Org Sync, Symplicity NACELINK, Blackboard Xythos, National Student Clearinghouse  Oakland University Google custom search engine integrated into Jasig Search portlet 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference8

9  Announcements  Feedback  Calendar  Campus Map  Bookmarks  Weather  Simple CMS portlet  News Reader RSS  Jasig widget portlets (uPortal tips, sitemap, Google map, Google search, etc)  Search 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference9

10  Drew Wills and Jacob Lichner from Unicon worked with us to re-skin uPortal 4.0.  Drew worked with us to migrate our uPortal from 3.1 to 4.0.  We decided to start from scratch on student layouts. We deleted all database content.  We moved from SVN to GitHub for our source code repository. Using GitHub has improved our upgrade process to include patches from the latest Jasig releases  We implemented Groovy Build process which helps with rapid deployment of uPortal. Puppetmaster script runs Maven and Ant commands  We created Quickstart data to help streamline the Portal build process 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference10

11  Load test. Load is higher than prior versions.  Use initportal on the first node and then deploy-ear on all other nodes. We had layout issues with our tabs because we used initportal on all nodes.  Have a minimum of 4 gb for heap space. We were experiencing Tomcat crashes and Tomcat 500 errors.  Reduce logging levels to info or warn. Some portlets come with logging levels of debug or trace and this caused a lot of RAM usage and IO on disk.  We fine tuned our PostgreSQL database to optimize our uPortal performance 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference11

12  We deactivated uPortal event tracking. This was putting a high load on front ends and database server and utilizing 50% of our switch traffic. 500 mb per second.  We had to change code on OU and Jasig portlets to catch and not display 503 errors.  We doubled physical memory on front ends and database server from 12 to 24 gb  With uPortal and our additional portlets we found a need to increase the amount of files that could be opened at once in the OS, the default for Red Hat Enterprise Linux was 1024, we increased this to Jasig Sakai Conference12

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25  5 clustered Solaris servers  uPortal 4.0.5, Tomcat, Apache httpd  Oracle portal database  Nortel Alteon Layer 4 load balancing 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference25

26  CVS - legacy portlets  SVN - new portlets, configuration files  GitHub - uPortal framework  Pre-dev – framework testing  Shared dev – some portlet development  Test – integration testing  QA – deployment validation, customer testing  Production  Jenkins, Perl, shell scripts for deployment  jMeter for load testing 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference26

27  Attribute sources ◦ Shibboleth ◦ LDAP ◦ various other databases  Group sources ◦ PAGS groups based on attributes for major populations and enterprise roles ◦ Local group store for administrative groups ◦ External custom group database for fine grained, manually managed groups ◦ Likely to use Grouper in the future 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference27

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29  Single, clustered portal application  Three domains 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference29

30  Publicly accessible curricular guide  View differs, depending on whether or not you are authenticated 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference30

31  UW-Madison campus portal  80,000+ faculty, staff, students, applicants 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference31

32  UW System wide portal for 13 campuses  Campus-specific skins 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference32

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35  Add, remove, move content  Add tabs 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference35

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39  Focused on personalized content  Aggregation of campus applications  Simple Content Management  IFrame  XML Transform  Dynamic Menu  WebProxy  Jasig Bookmarks, Weather and Courses  And many custom portlets 2012 Jasig Sakai Conference39

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