The next few posts will chronicle the process of creating a fresh install of the Sakai portal/course management system and then importing content from an existing installation.
The organization that I went through this process for had a Sakai instance that had been installed by a vendor/consultant as a binary distribution. We relied on the vendor for troubleshooting, upgrades and tool/portlet installations. We decided a few months back to develop the expertise “in-house” to install, configure and upgrade Sakai so that we would no longer be reliant on a vendor.
We wanted to go through the entire process of installing Sakai from source in order to learn how to do it, and to allow us to add tools using source code later on.
Sakai is not that difficult to install on its own, but there are a number of issues that arose during the process that I felt it was important to document.
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