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Upgrading CE 4 to Learn 9.1

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.