It sounds like you should simply take your 2,000 Core licence and upgrade it to a 2,000 Software licence. A Software user get access to Core as part of their Software licence. (But, you could do something like 1,000 Software and 1,000 Core users - the people in the first group would have access to all functions, the second group won't be able to use Agile Boards, Sprints and so-on)
Just stop the server and remove JIRA.
JIRA Software is an application that runs on the JIRA framework. If you remove Core, it has nothing to run on, and even if it were standalone, it has nothing to work with. Core is the project and issue data, with fields, workflows, screens, the UI, user handling, the REST interfaces and so-on. Boards with no data aren't going to be that helpful to you.
Everyone has access to JIRA Core, as I said. If you then get some plain Core licences (not Software or Service desk), then you'll be able to set up users who have Core access, but no Software features. They'll still be able to see and work with Software projects, because projects and issues are Core features, but they won't get boards/sprints/etc (well, there is a very simple board function in Core)
I've read a few discussions here on adding JIRA Software (JS) to an existing JIRA Core (JC) installation, and I still need clarity on licensing and access. My JC is self-hosted (server).
1) If I have, say, a 10-user JC license and I want to add a 10-user JS license (all of whom would need Core access enabled), would that be treated as (a) 2 separate $10-licenses amounting to $20, or (b) would the user count for Core be combined to 20, thereby bumping me to the next price tier (11-25 users)?
2) If they are treated separately, would my 10 JS users be able to access the projects and issues in the existing JC install? You said "Everyone has access to JIRA Core...", but I want to clarify whether -- in this example -- that means everyone has access to (a) the same Core project/issue data set, or (b) Core features, but not necessarily data.
I hope the question is clear. Thanks!
1) It's a $20 licence. You've got a $10 licence for Core, and you then add a $10 licence for Software. The Software (and JSD for that matter) licences include Core access. So you'll have 20 users able to use core features and 10 able to use Software boards
2) Yes, as the licence includes Core access. Everyone will be able to use all the projects (permissions allowing). You just have 10 users who won't get access to Scrum and Kanban boards.
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