Is there a way to redirect users to the crowd login page (http://<server>:<crowd port>/crowd when the users attempts to access any of the Atlassian applications (for example the Jira dashboard), have them log in to the Crowd webapp login page, and then redirect them back to the Atlassian application
User accesses Jira, but is not logged in
User is redirected to crowd webapp page to log in
User logs in, and then is redirected to Jira as a logged in user.
There is a link.login.url option in Jira's seraph.xml file that should achieve what you want, however https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRASERVER-39140 outlines some bugs/issues that mean it's not 100% reliable. If you can add your support to that request via an upvote/watch/additional use cases then that may help.
I believe that with the recent (3.4.x released) SAML support via Crowd, that you may be able to get what you're after just by telling Jira that Crowd is it's SAML authenticator.
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