I had a VM with confluence 5.1 attached to a remote SQLDB that got currupted and is now unrecoveable.
Is it possible to install 5.4 on a new VM and point it to the old remote SQLDB to get back my pages?
It's not clear what is "corrupted" - the database or something else. If it's the database, then no, you won't be able to recover it, you'll need to restore from a backup
If it's the Confluence installation, then I'd recommend you create Confluence 5.1 on a new VM and make sure it works ok with the old database before upgrading it to 5.4
Trouble, in my case, means that I don't know how to configure my old MS sql external database to work with my new installation of confluence.
what I have done: change the database password because it had expired, same path and name.
I've checked you KB and the web for solution to no avail.
"All you need to do is give the new system the same connection parameters that the old one had"
Is there a doucumentation on this?
A new confluence installation should be asking you to give it parameters like the database link, user name, password etc. Which are the same parameters the old one had (barring the password which you have changed)
See https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/Connecting+JIRA+to+MySQLalthough you shouldn't need most of it as you already should have the information and correct settings,
Ok, that's sort of good, but not.
Simplest way to move forward - could you create an empty database with a different name? Connect Confluence to that, and then let it create all the tables. Once complete, stop Confluence again, and edit the file <confluence home>/confluence.cfg.xml - you will find the new database name in there in the connection settings - change it to the old existing database and restart Confluence again.
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