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Authentication Planning FAQs

When planning your authentication implementation, consider the following questions.

Is your school using an external authentication provider?

Blackboard Learn includes a default, internal authentication provider. You can make it Inactive, but you can't delete it. To learn more, see Implementing Authentication.

What external authentication provider is your school using? CAS? LDAP? SAML?

CAS, LDAP, and SAML are supported authentication providers. To learn more about their setups, see Implementing Authentication.

Does your school require more than one authentication provider? Do you have a plan for when one provider source is broken?

To learn more, see Provider Order.

Does your school have more than one hostname? Does each hostname have a unique authentication provider?

To learn more, see Authentication Providers and Provider Order.

Is your Blackboard Learn instance populated with users? Does your school have a Student Integration System?

For integrated authentication to work, you need to have your users and their usernames in the system. The Authentication Logs identify system activity for users. To learn more, see About SIS Integration.

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