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Greetings Developer Community,


It’s been a few months since the Developer Community moved to We hope you’re enjoying the collaborative features that this site offers. Between discussions, blogs, ideas, and questions, there are a lot of content types to help you learn from other developers and post your own successes for fellow community members.


Now that we’re properly established on the Community site, we are entering the next phase of migration from moving all developer documentation to this site. Soon you will be able to find all Blackboard Learn developer resources here. This is exciting news, but we also want to give you advance warning: we’re retiring on Dec 31, 2015, after the migration is complete.


We’ll have a few redirects in place from the most common links that people visit, so those links will take you directly to the corresponding section on this site. Jive will continue to serve the community well when it comes to finding, using, and discussing developer information. For a long time, the EduGarage forums were the most active part of the site and we hope that trend continues here. We are still identifying if and how to archive the data in the edugarage forums in how to make them searchable if we do, but all further communication will take place here in the discussions section. We will redirect to the new site, as well.


As we move the content in the next few weeks, we’re also updating it for accuracy and usefulness. Please bear with us while some of the content is under construction or if some information is initially moved and then removed (i.e. Powerlinks documentation). We will be tagging everything that is migrated as 'migrated from edugarage' so you know where it came from. If you notice a broken hyperlink or something looks a bit off, let an admin know by leaving a comment or sending a message and we’ll take care of it as soon as possible.


If you have any questions, please let us know! We don’t want this to be a surprise, so we’re putting a banner on EduGarage to announce the migration there as well. Please share the news with your networks as appropriate.


Thank you for your patience and understanding. I look forward to continuing to build the Developer Community in collaboration with all of you here in Jive!

This is my cheatsheet for the Bb DEV Virtual Machine (managed by Vagrant).


Vagrant command line

Where to run the commands on Windows: Run > cmd > C:\Users\[my user]\[the_folder_with_the_april_release_box + vagrant_file]> <run your command here>

-> vagrant up

-> vagrant halt

-> vagrant reload (after applying changes to the Vagrantfile)

-> vagrant box list
-> vagrant plugin install vagrant-hostupdater
-> vagrant ssh

-> vagrant destroy

-> vagrant box remove


SSH connection to the back-end

Note that on a Windows host machine you may experience issues, hence for the SSH connection use instead putty or MobaXterm or RemoteNG:

-> Host:

-> Username: vagrant
->  Port: 2222 (do not use 22) (Blackboard box OR e.g: lucid32 Ubuntu box)

Port: 2200 (in case you assigned the 2222 to other box, use the port 2200 for the Blackboard box)

-> vagrant@'s password: vagrant


SSL certs

SSL cert (it has a Private key, but it is not a CA cert): C:/Users/[my user]/.vagrant.d/insecure_private_key


Manage the Learn Bb VM: edit bb-config, use the command line admin tools

-> sudo /usr/local/blackboard/tools/admin/ services.start

-> sudo vi /usr/local/blackboard/config/ (save & exit: ESC ZZ)

-> sudo /usr/local/blackboard/tools/admin/ services.start


GUI access to the Learn Bb VM

-> April 2014 and above: https://localhost:9877/ (web browser) u: administrator - p: password


Example of a "Vagrantfile"


Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|


  config.vm.provider :virtualbox do |vb|
    vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", "4096"]
  end = 'bb-learn-9.1.201404.160205'
  config.vm.box_url = './' :forwarded_port, guest: 8080, host: 9876 :forwarded_port, guest: 8443, host: 9877 :forwarded_port, guest: 2222, host: 9878