Are there drawbacks to installing Confluence before JIRA? Should they be installed at the same time?

Hi:

Are there any drawbacks to installing Confluence first and then @ month later installing Jira? Or is better to install Jira and Confluence at the same time.

Thank you,

Lane

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You might also want to look at where you are going to manage users. If it is external or uses crowd, it shouldn't be a problem. But there is an option to manage confluence users in JIRA (i.e. with a common user base in JIRA) and in such cases, you will be better off with installing JIRA first.

We have seen no issues installing one after another. Our configuration started with JIRA and then added Confluence a few months later. Setting up the trusted application links and such were straight forward if you followed the documentation.

Our general thought is to aquire the tools as you need them.

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Nope, no issues, really doesn't matter what order you do it in.

The only issue is if you do decide to use Jira to provide the Confluence logins after you've been using Confluence for a while - you'll need to import the existing Confluence accounts. Even that's not a huge issue, it's just one extra step.

We installed Confluence first and then installed Jira more than a year later with no problems.

There are no issues with the servers themselves or when they are installed.

The only consideration (and it will likely end up being a VERY VERY IMPORTANT consideration) is around your user management solution / scheme. If your community explodes as it most likely will you'll have lots of users to deal with in both systems.

If you create users in the two systems and some usernames are different but for the same people it is a GIANT pain sync up to one username per account. This is because usernames are fixed, they cannot be changed (unlike Full Names or Emails). There have been updates and it may be possible to point the new system to leverage the user mgmt of the existing - i.e. installing JIRA first Confluence can delegate user-mgmt to JIRA.

I could literally write about this issue for days as many other admins who have gone through it/sufferred could.

Bottom line: Either point at a single user mgmt system for both (Crowd or LDAP or whatever) or just be really extra sure people have the exact same usernames in both systems as well as their corporate login if remotely possible.

Thank you all for your feedback, I sure appreciate it!!!

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