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Configure ELM

Once the Blackboard Collaborate Suite has been successfully installed (either as a new installation or an upgrade from a previous installation), you must create your Root instance (and any subsequent instances) using the ELM Instance Management Tool.

The ELM Instance Management Tool is a web application that, by default, will be instantiated at the following URL:


The Instance Management Tool is also used to create and manage additional instances of ELM and configure system-level settings. It gives you the option to integrate with an SQL-type database or LDAP (and Active Directory).

All future references in this guide to LDAP are intended to refer to both LDAP and Active Directory.

The Instance Management Tool allows you to have different configurations of ELM, such as the following:

  • Use of LDAP v3 servers for user authentication and lookups – this includes Active Directory with LDAP.
  • Use of an Oracle 10g (or 11 g), MySQL 5.0 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (or 2008) database as an alternative to the default Mckoi SQL database.
  • Use of the supported LMS bridges.