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Supported Technologies for Self-Hosted Systems April 2014

In every release, Blackboard devotes time and resources to make Blackboard Learn run on the latest operating systems, databases, and browsers available, with the goal of creating a system that is more manageable, more stable, and more user friendly.

This section highlights the major changes to the Supported Technologies and Browsers for this release. For the most up-to-date information, see Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 Service Pack (SP) 14 Supported Technologies and Browsers and Supported Technologies End User available on the Behind the Blackboard.

The following sections highlight the new Platform and Client configurations tested for this release using the following support terms:

  • Certified: Fully supported technology with highest level of testing before release.
  • Compatible: Fully supported technology with minimal level of testing before release.
  • Unsupported: Unsupported technology because it is either impossible or not tested.

64-bit server configurations

Supported Operating Systems and Databases
  Application Server / JDK 1.7 SQL Server 2012 SQL Server 2008 R2 Oracle 11gR2 Oracle 11gR1
Windows Server 2008 R2 Certified Certified Certified Unsupported Unsupported
Windows Server 2012 R1/R2 Certified Certified Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5 Compatible Unsupported Unsupported Compatible Unsupported
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6 Certified Unsupported Unsupported Certified Unsupported
Sun Solaris 10 Compatible Unsupported Unsupported Compatible Unsupported
Sun Solaris 11 Certified Unsupported Unsupported Certified Unsupported

Configuration notes

Microsoft SQL Server 2008(R1) will not be supported past SP11.

Non-English operating systems and databases

Non-English operating systems and databases, such as a Chinese-language version of Oracle, are considered compatible with Blackboard Learn.

Oracle RAC

It is strongly recommended by Blackboard that for purposes of system management Blackboard Learn be installed on a single instance of Oracle. If for reasons of Institutional Policy you must run Blackboard Learn in a RAC environment you may do so, but Blackboard will only support the installation at the Learn-Oracle JDBC layer - not at the Oracle RAC layer. To learn more about running Blackboard Learn with RAC, see Oracle RAC Support.

Hybrid configurations

Red Hat/Solaris hybrid configurations have not been tested and are not supported.

TLS configuration

Blackboard Learn now only runs over TLS. To learn more, see the TLS Configuration section of Install and Upgrade.

Java platform (Java SE JDK Support)

JDK 1.7 is supported as well as newer versions of the Java SE JDK. JDK 1.6 is not supported.


VMware® ESX Server 5 (Linux® and Windows®) is the only configuration Certified by Blackboard for Release 9.1.

Blackboard supports other virtualization solutions as long as Blackboard and the hypervisor support the guest operating system.

In addition to VMware, Blackboard has experience with Citrix XenServer 5.5, Solaris 10 Zones and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 4 & 5 Xen