We are running an old version of confluence on a Windows 2008 machine connected to a local postgres database.
We would like to do three things at once, we are currently on 4.3. we would like to upgrade to latest, move to a linux machine and connect to a central database server we have. We would also like to stop using crowd for our user authentication and move to confluences in-build ldap connector.
The ideal situation would be to create a blank confluence server with the right user authentication and then simply dump the database to the new one and copy the data folder across. Would this be possible? Or is the newest confluence likely to have issues with old confluences data?
I will echo Milo's response as we went through the same procedure about two years ago (moving from Windows to Linux and moving to a centralized DB). Your best bet is to:
Atlassian wrote these two articles that should also be useful for you:
Restoring a Test Instance from Production - I mention this one since this is essentially what you are doing. You're creating a new test server on a Linux machine from a production windows host.
Hope this helps get you going.
You definitely want both servers at the same major release.
So you can install an older (4.x) release on the new server, move the site, then upgrade the new server, OR upgrade the current server, install the latest on the new server and move the site.
We never used Crowd, but configuring LDAP went smoothly.
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