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# (Optional) Set Up a Collaboration Server for Windows in a Load-Balanced Configuration

The separate collaboration server is optional because one of the application servers can be used as the collaboration server.

Complete the following steps to configure a separate collaboration server.

blackboard\tools\admin\PushConfigUpdates.cmd

To learn more, see PushConfigUpdates.

1. Install an additional application server on a machine that is not configured as part of the load-balanced server environment. This application server must have a hostname separate from the multiple Web/app configuration host name. Finally, the collaboration server should be resolvable in the DNS so that it is accessible from the Internet.
2. For each application server, set the following property in the bb-config.properties file to prevent the collaboration server from running on the local host:

bbconfig.Collaborationserver.run.on.localhost=false

To learn more, see bb-config.properties File.

3. Run the following command:

blackboard\tools\admin\PushConfigUpdates.cmd

To learn more, see PushConfigUpdates.

4. Start the bb-tomcat service on each application server. Do not start the bb-Collaboration service. The bb-Collaboration service must always be stopped on the application servers that are not acting as the collaboration server.
5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for all application servers.
6. Stop the bb-tomcat service on the collaboration server.