Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation

Lab Management System FAQ's

Main content start

What is Badger?

Badger LMS is the Lab Management System (LMS) used for managing shared lab resources at SNF and SNSF.  This system grew out of Coral, a software suite developed for managing shared labs by engineers at SNF and MIT's Microsystems Technology Labs. Coral or Badger are now deployed in many university labs across the nation; MIT's MTL continues to host the Open Coral platform. SNF converted from Coral to Badger in January 2013.

How do I access it?

  1. From your laptop. Once you have Java downloaded onto your compatible device (links below), you can access this full version of SNF Badger.  Please note you may need to add a security exception for Badger for your personal device.
  2. From your phone. The web version of Badger work on any browser-enabled device, including on your phone. The web version has reduced functionality, but allows enable/disable and reservations from any web browser.
  3. In the lab.  While you can access Badger from your own Java-enabled device or browser, Chromeboxes are located throughout the lab for your convenience.  Instructions on how to access are available at each Chromebox station and in more detail below.

How do I use it?

This handy video shows you how all the basics for navigating Badger. 


You can access badger using Chromeboxes throughout the lab. These act as RDP clients for a server used for this purpose. Each Chromebox has its own login account on the server and it should not be used at a different station. Each monitors is labeled with login credentials for that workstation .

Example: Chromebox by the Heidelberg
Username: nano-101
Password: Badger4SNF101

Note capitalized B, all caps SNF, and the same number at the end as the Chromebox ID (101 in this case). Here is a summary (below this is a step-by-step graphical guide):

  1. To start, Click on Apps and choose Chrome RDP. You do not have access to sign in to the Chromebox.
  2. Enter the server name and click Connect.
  3. Enter the credentials as described above.
  4. Once Windows starts, wait for Badger.
  5. When you're done, close Badger.

Once you log in to the Windows server, Badger will start automatically after a moment.

Important notes:

  • Local and Server personal storage are not provided.
  • Each server account is public - do not leave any personal information behind.
  • Guest Browsing is enabled on most stations but extended usage is discouraged.
  • Close Badger when you are done.
  • Disconnect the session via the drop down arrow or by using the Windows menu to "Sign out" the current user.

Chromeboxes in detail

If necessary, press the power button on the Chromebox on the left corner.



To start, click on Apps and open Chrome RDPDo not sign in to the Chromebox.



Choose “” from the dropdown menu or type it in and click ‘Connect’.



Enter the credentials posted on the label on the monitor of each workstation.



Wait for Badger to start, or double click the Badger-SNF icon on the desktop if it doesn’t start. When you are finished you should close Badger and Disconnect the Windows session via the dropdown arrow or via the Windows menu and choosing ‘Sign out’ under nano-101 (or current user).