We are currently running confluence 3.0.1 in our production environment and are looking to upgrade to Confluence 5.4.
What is the recommended upgrade path? Also, i believe we need to upgrade our license to move from 3.0.1 to later versions. Is this correct?
In most cases you should probably stick to the official upgrade guide. It always depends on your environment. Especially the third-party plugins installed and how contents touched by them upgrade might make your overall upgrade more complex.
The recommended path is definitely 3.0.1 to 3.5 first - it can be quite painful to upgrade from anything below 3.5 to 4 and above. You should then test 3.5 to 5.4 - I've done that twice recently, one was plain-sailing, the other made a horrid mess and we ended up doing 3.5 -> 4.2 -> 5.4. It depends on the data and plugins, so I can't tell you a preferred route.
Your licence upgrade isn't an issue, you can just click "upgrade" in your Atlassian account and it'll generate a new one which is valid for 4+.
I would recomend to migrate through latest versions of each major release, did similary myself recently. So 3.0.1 -> 3.5.17 -> 4.3.7 -> 5.4.
But there are a LOT of changes, so try it in test environment before.
If you have valid license maintenance for 5.4 (valid on +- 3 December 2013) you will not have problems with licenses.
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