People trying to run test or developer servers (JIRA OR Confluence) sometimes need a new server ID so they don't clash with the "real" server IDs.
But given we are going through the process of finding the software version we want to download, downloading it, finding a spare place to install it, installing it, configuring it, possibly having to install a database (I haven't got this far yet), starting it up, running a setup wizard, JUST to get it to poll an Atlassian server to get a server ID, wouldn't it make more sense to make a simple webpage that gave the IDs out when you told it your product and version (and maybe a login if you wanted to make sure it was a legitimate user)?
It seems a massive case of wasted work for admins just to get a line of code.
To get test servers, we've cloned the production servers so we have real data to play with (turning off notifications, etc). With IDs, we can then put them on the clones and link the clones together.
It's not exactly a priority for me - but somewhat irritating to load a complete ecosystem to get an ID
...and yes, I don't expect it to be done any time soon
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