Things to Consider
The following are things to consider before starting the upgrade process:
- Invest in a test server or consider moving to Blackboard Managed Hosting. Upgrading to Blackboard Learn is a complex process and should be approached as such. Blackboard strongly encourages all clients to have at least one test system.
- Consider whether to implement Blackboard Learn in a virtualized environment. To learn more, see Virtualizing the Blackboard Reference Architecture.
- Passwords will not be imported into Blackboard Learn. Administrators must reset the user passwords before the users will be able to log in to Blackboard Learn.
- Customized PowerLinks will not be moved to Blackboard Learn. To learn more, see the Proxy Tools documentation available on http://www.edugarage.com/.
Things to Do
The following are tasks that you must complete before starting the upgrade process:
- Install CE 4.1.7.
- Back up all data and store copies of the backup files on a local machine or drive.
- Confirm that Blackboard supports your server and database configuration. This information is available in "Supported Technologies" in the Release Notes for the release that you are installing.
- To reduce the amount of time it takes to complete the upgrade, clean up old course on the CE 4 server.
- Enterprise Edition clients only: Create a unique data source key to identify the data imported from CE 4. To learn more, see Data Source Keys.
In this section...
- Understanding the Process
- Step 1: Install Blackboard Learn
- Step 2: Export All Data From CE 4
- Step 3: Import CE 4 User Data Into Blackboard Learn
- Step 4: Export Course Content Packages From CE 4
- Step 5: Import CE 4 Courses Into Blackboard Learn
- Step 6: Import CE 4 Enrollments Into Blackboard Learn
- Data Source Keys
- LMSImport Switches for CE 4