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Below is information on the Alma and Primo sandboxes currently available to the Alliance.

Alma Sandboxes

One Alma standard sandbox: Loaded with Ex Libris test data, approximately 70,000 records; Institution Zone and Community Zone only; no Primo installation interoperability. This sandbox is refreshed periodically to support project needs. (Last refresh from Ex Libris standard test configuration and data: Feb. 2020.)

Seven Alma premium sandboxes:  Note these have been shifted to point to the new Alma Premium Sandboxes as of Dec. 19, 2019.  Premium sandboxes are automatically refreshed by Ex Libris twice a year, in February and August, on the Sunday after the Alma release on production environments.

  • Western Washington University: Copy of production environment with anonymized data.  Resource sharing type: Single Resource Sharing library. (Last configuration and data refresh from production: Feb. 2020.)

  • Willamette University: Copy of production environment with anonymized data. Resource sharing type: Single Resource Sharing library and separate law library. (Last configuration and data refresh from production: Feb 2020.)
  • Network Zone (Last configuration and data refresh from production: Feb. 2020.)
  • Oregon Health & Science University: Copy of production environment (not anonymized - institution staff testing only).  Resource sharing type: Single Resource Sharing library and member of an additional consortium. (Last configuration and data refresh from production: Feb. 2020.)

  • Pacific University: Copy of production environment (not anonymized - institution staff testing only).  Resource sharing type: Geographically distributed institutional libraries, each with an Resource Sharing library. (Last configuration and data refresh from production: Feb. 2020.)

  • Portland Community College: Copy of production environment (not anonymized - institution staff testing only). Resource sharing type: Single Resource Sharing library managing geographically distributed institutional libraries. (Last configuration and data refresh from production: Feb. 2020.)

  • University of Washington: Copy of production environment (not anonymized - institution staff testing only); Resource sharing type: Single, itemless Resource Sharing library which brokers for multiple institutional libraries. (Last configuration and data refresh from production: Feb. 2020.)
Primo Sandboxes

One standard sandbox: Capacity of 6 million records (currently loaded with ~300,000); sample data loaded to this Primo installation; supports Primo Back Office and Front End (example view) access.  This Primo Sandbox supports the development work of the NRSG.

One premium sandbox containing full Alliance data and a card to support production server-level performance. Supports Primo Back Office and Front End (example view) access and can be integrated with the Alliance's Alma Premium Primo sandboxes to test configuration changes.

The default data sources for the premium Primo sandbox are Alliance Alma production environments.

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See the Ex Libris documentation Alma Sandbox Environments for more information on Alma and Primo sandboxes.

Please contact the Alliance's Program Manager for Systems with any questions on these resources.