To meet industry best practices for protecting internet communications, Blackboard recommends enabling SSL system wide instead of in select places. To that end, SSL Choice is deprecated in SP 10. The SSL Choice option will be removed completely from an upcoming release of Blackboard Learn. If you are not already running Blackboard Learn over SSL, start planning to do so with the SP 10 release.
Setting Up SSL Choice
After IIS or Apache is configured to support SSL, the communication between users and Blackboard Learn can be configured using SSL Choice. SSL Choice allows administrators to determine if none, all, or some of Blackboard Learn is secured with SSL.
If you set SSL Choice to use SSL before you configure SSL on the web server, Blackboard Learn will not be accessible. To ensure that users can always log in, configure the web server for SSL prior to changing the SSL Choice security options.
How to Set Up SSL Choice
- On the Administrator Panel, under Security and Integration, click SSL Choice.
- Set the properties using the following table, and then click Submit.
SSL Choice Properties Field Description System-wide SSL off Select this option and SSL will not be used to secure any of the communication between users and Blackboard Learn except when processing credit and debit cards, accessing secured proxy tools or web serves, or performing initial synchronization with Connect SMS service. SSL System-wide Select this option and SSL will be used to secure all of the communication between users and Blackboard Learn. Recommended. SSL for Selected Areas and Tools Not recommended. This option will be deprecated in SP10.
Select this option to determine which areas of Blackboard Learn will be secured through SSL. Select the different areas from the check boxes on this page.
Specific Areas Select the check box for each area that should be secured using SSL. Tools Select the check box for each tool, tab, or Course content area that should be secured using SSL. Building Block Tools Select the check box for each Building Block that should be secured using SSL. Proxy Tools Select the check box for each Proxy Tool that should be secured using SSL. Web Services Select the check box for each Web Service that should be secured using SSL.