Forcing Weblogic’s Config.xml

Let’s nevermind why I am working on this in the first place. Namely… the Blackboard Learning Environment Connector introduced using the hostname and port for applet URLs in Vista 8 Blackboard, Blackboard dropped WebCT’s support for using a different port for an application when behind a load balancer. So we found out we could use… Continue reading Forcing Weblogic’s Config.xml

Recap of Vista Stuff

It has been a hectic week. A recap… Java certificate fix – Yesterday, August 23rd, the certificate distributed in various Java applets expired. The community discovered the issue and informed Blackboard who put out a fix for the more current products on August 15th. Many customers are leery of having such little lead time to… Continue reading Recap of Vista Stuff

webctbackup

John made a good point… While telling Blackboard about this is pointless, the community at large ought to be aware of another undocumented workspace issue. I found an 8GB .bak in the /u01/app/nodeA/weblogic81/webctbackup on the active JMS node. Taking out user accessible nodes is okay in my book as with 18-20 of them in our… Continue reading webctbackup

Please verify the admin user and password

So, I got this error… Unknown WebCT username or invalid password. Please verify the admin user and password in the IMS Settings. I assumed the username and password were probably right. I had to find my error somewhere else. The error turned out to be one missing character out of the 57 character long glcid.… Continue reading Please verify the admin user and password

CE / Vista Undocumented Workspaces

On the WebCT Users email list (hosted by Blackboard) there is a discussion about a mysterious directory called unmarshall which suddenly appeared. We found it under similar circumstances as others by investigating why a node consumed so much disk space. Failed command-line restores end up in this unmarshall directory. Unmarshalling in Java jargon means: converting… Continue reading CE / Vista Undocumented Workspaces

CE/Vista and Banner Integration

This is the second time I have worked on making Vista integration work with Banner. The first was 2005 in Vista 3.0.3 at Valdosta State. The production here at GeorgiaVIEW was set up by Harold, Jill, and Amy years ago and integrated into the install scripts or part of the cloned databases. So now I… Continue reading CE/Vista and Banner Integration

Off the Twitter Timeline: Icons

I laughed at reading this one. Dear Blackboard: If you include icons in your interface, they should f’ing well be clickable. Everyone but you knows this. jazzmodeus I thought this might refer to the new item icons. Jason works for Emory (doing instructional design) and taking classes at Florida State. Both use Academic Suite. So… Continue reading Off the Twitter Timeline: Icons

Off the Twitter Timeline: Clunky WebCT

Summize provides a great way to troll for what people are saying. Beyond just searching for a term, it provides RSS feeds for terms. I follow several, such Blackboard and WebCT. The WebCT one netted me the following tweet: annoyed with how clunky webct can be at times – it had to have been designed… Continue reading Off the Twitter Timeline: Clunky WebCT

IMS Import Error When Node Is Down

This is what I got when a node was down while I attempted to do an IMS import in Blackboard CE/Vista. Failed to upload files, exiting. Cause could include invalid permission on file/directory, invalid file/directory or repository related problems The keywords permission, file, and directory in this would have sent me anywhere but to the… Continue reading IMS Import Error When Node Is Down

Confidentiality

A student wants Blackboard Vista to not reveal his or her last name. The student has already gone to the Registrar and gotten a confidentiality flag placed on the record. As I understand it, this flag in Banner is a FERPA protection to prevent the record from being provided to parties external to the university.… Continue reading Confidentiality