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Social Learning Tools Release Notes: Oct 2013

Release Information

Launch Date: October 15, 2013

Requirements and Dependencies

Bidirectional communication to the Cloud Services is required. If you are running Blackboard from behind a firewall as a test server or for security reasons, you will need to open the firewall to use these features. To open bidirectional communication to Cloud Services, you must configure your firewall to allow responses from https://nat.cloud.bb, and allow requests to https://registrar.cloud.bb and https://softwareupdates.cloud.bb Port 443.

Supported Platforms

The update requires the following platforms, including the stated minimum Cumulative Patch (CP):

Resolved Issues

This version is a minor maintenance release to resolve several issues.

  • Thread contention caused by Spring-Java charset lookups during communication with the Cloud
  • Excessive cloud-profile heartbeat requests
  • Courses missing from People area. Courses are now force synced when Cloud Profiles is turned on.

Important Notes for Administrators

Building Block Installation

The Building Blocks were released through Software Updates on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5PM US Eastern (GMT -4). A new version of Software Updates, Cloud Profiles, and Social Profiles and Tools will appear as Building Block updates in the Software Updates module within 24 hours. If needed, the Building Blocks may also be downloaded from this page.  

Connecting to the Cloud

Bidirectional communication to the Cloud Services is required. If you are running Blackboard from behind a firewall as a test server or for security reasons, you will need to open the firewall to use these features. To open bidirectional communication to Cloud Services, you must configure your firewall to allow responses from https://nat.cloud.bb, and allow requests to https://registrar.cloud.bb and https://softwareupdates.cloud.bb Port 443.

To Learn More

To learn more about the changes, see Cloud Management and Social Learning Tools FAQs.