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Supported Technologies for Self-Hosted Systems October 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 October 2014 Supported Technologies and Browsers and Supported Technologies End User available on the Behind the Blackboard.

In order to more clearly define support statements regarding third-party client technologies, Blackboard no longer classifies support for technologies in terms of ‘compatible’ or ‘certified’. These technologies are now either fully supported or not supported. Supported and unsupported technologies are aligned as closely as possible with third-party vendor support policies.

  • Supported: Supported by the vendor and Blackboard.
  • Unsupported: Unsupported by the vendor or not supported by Blackboard.

64-bit server configurations

Supported Operating Systems and Databases
  Application Server / JDK 1.7 SQL Server 2012 SQL Server 2008 R2 Oracle 12c Oracle 11gR2
Windows Server 2008 R2 Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported
Windows Server 2012 R1/R2 Supported Supported Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5 Supported Unsupported Unsupported Supported Supported
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6 Supported Unsupported Unsupported Supported Supported
Sun Solaris 10 Supported Unsupported Unsupported Supported Supported
Sun Solaris 11 Supported Unsupported Unsupported Supported Supported

Configuration notes

Due to the discontinuation of mainline support by Microsoft, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 are no longer supported.

Oracle 12c is now supported.

Non-English operating systems and databases

Non-English operating systems and databases, such as a Chinese-language version of Oracle, are supported 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. Other versions are not currently supported.


VMware® ESX Server 5 (Linux® and Windows®) is the only configuration tested 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