Learn 9.1 April 2014 is based on an Apache™ Tomcat-only architecture, which no longer requires the installation of an HTTPD service (Apache or IIS). As a result, this release requires specific operating system configuration changes prior to installation that were not necessary for previous versions of Learn. Please read this section carefully before proceeding.
This section covers the setup steps necessary for a successful installation of Learn. These steps require that system architecture choices be met in advance of running the installer itself. The following table presents these with a brief description of the activity:
|Determine Operating System, Database, and system architecture||Select your operating system, database, and determine whether you require one, two, or load-balanced server environment. See Installation and Update Environment.|
|Set Up the Application Server and Supporting Systems||Install and configure the chosen operating system, database software, storage, and load balancer. Test and ensure that the servers, storage, and load balancer work as expected.|
|(Optional) Set Up Database Clustering and Storage||Set up database high availability.|
|(Optional) Set Up File System Storage||Set up remote file system storage.|
|(Optional) Set Up Load balancer||Set up and configure the load balancer.|
|Complete the Pre-Installation Checklist||This checklist confirms that appropriate pre-install steps have been taken.|
|Complete the Pre-Installation Worksheet||This worksheet provides a record of installation settings.|
After you have completed the activities in the previous table, you may proceed with the installation of Blackboard Learn, configure the Load Balancer, and optionally set up Learn to run behind a web server.
Complete the following steps to prepare the target systems for installation or update of Learn:
After the Install
Learn 9.1 April 2014 and later requires TLS. TLS serves to guarantee the authenticity of your server. Self-signed certificates such as the one installed by the Blackboard Learn installer do not provide an TLS required chain of trust. Chain of trust provides the Certificate Authority which guarantees the authenticity of the certificate identifying the server. For this reason a non-commercial self-signed certificate is not suitable for connecting to Safe-Assign or Blackboard Cloud Services which require a commercial Certificate Authority.
To learn about configuring Blackboard Learn to use TLS, see TLS.
To learn about additional optional configurations, see Post Installation and Upgrade Tasks.
To learn about improving the performance of a Blackboard Learn deployment, see Performance Optimization.
For information about the back-end administration of Blackboard Learn, including how to integrate with an existing authentication system, see Application Management and Server Management and Integrations.