I am wondering if anyone has a good solution for restoring archives without a live Blackboard instance. Coursesites doesn't seem to work.
Would love to see what anyone else out there is doing if anything>
Hi Robert McCunney
Just to clarify/confirm, by default the role of Instructor does not have the necessary privileges to restore a course Archive which contains users as it would require the ability to create user accounts in the System and this is a restricted privilege.
It would require Administration level privileges to do this and we do not grant this for CourseSites users (Note: I am assuming you are indeed trying to bring in an archive which contains users and not simply an export package with no users or data - if you have an issue with an export package then please contact CourseSites support as I'm not aware of an issue there assuming the package size is under 1GB which is the course size limit).
I hope this clarifies things with regard to CourseSites specifically.
In terms of your specific issue, if you don't have a live Blackboard Learn environment to use then the only solution I can think of which might help you is to use the AWS Marketplace: Blackboard Learn for REST and LTI Developers. This will enable you to get a Learn developer instance up in about 10 minutes which you could restore your archive into (assuming you don't have more than 500 users in the course given the developer licence limitations).
The costs for this are very minimal.
Hope this helps.
A little more information and context for what you are attempting to do would be helpful.
Robert, even if you follow Nathan's suggestion to restore your course in the AWS Marketplace, you really need to be careful about the users. Not only will their accounts be created, but worse may happen. If notifications are allowed to be processed in that environment, users may be getting a link to your course (which probably wouldn't result in access denied) and get the ability to contact YOU. If they have private information in that course which you have now exposed in any way, you could be in for a rough ride.
***which probably would result in access denied
Gail makes a very good point here which I hadn't considered. Thank you Gail.
are you just trying to access the content, or do you need to restore the course for use. You should be able to open the archive and extract a lot of the content, (depending on the type)
2 Options (the AWS one) or Download and install the Virtual Box virtual machine (free)
Developer Virtual Machine - DVM
Also just change the email SMTP server (System Admin > Tools and Utilities > System Configuration > Email Configuration Mail Server Settings) to something that will "fail")
Change SMTP Server: mail-relay-aws-eu-central-1.blackboard.com to failmail.do or whatever
You can do that on the VM or the AWS
Johan Slabbert based on the question I don't think Robert McCunney is a customer so I don't think he'd have access to the Virtual Box Virtual Machine as that has to be downloaded from BtB.
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