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How to restore JIRA from a full database backup?

Per many recommendations (including Atlassian's) I have been backing up my JIRA instance using:

  1. A full native DB backup (`pg_dumpall` for postgres in my case)
  2. A snapshot of the JIRA data dir

Now I am trying to actually do a restore to a brand new server (the old one is gone) and am having trouble getting it to work.

First, when I fully restore the database in advance of the JIRA installation, JIRA does not recognize the existing data at all and goes though the process of a fresh DB creation. When the installation is complete, the data is definitely not in JIRA... presumably because JIRA altered the restored database (but I didn't dig into this).

Next I did afew variations of the following:

  1. Stop JIRA
  2. Drop the JIRA DB
  3. Re-run the postgres restore script (`psql -f pg_backup_file postgres` as user postgres)
  4. Stop and restart PostgreSQL (for good measure)
  5. Restore the JIRA data dir snapshot
  6. Ensure the DB connection works properly for JIRA
    • (I had to change the user password, so I fix DB connectivity by either altering `dbconfig.xml` directly and/or changing/testing with `config.sh`)
  7. Restart JIRA
  8. Connect to my JIRA URL

When I do this, JIRA still does not recognize any of the restored project data. I can log in successfully to JIRA, but he project list is empty.

What is the correct way to restore JIRA from a full database backup?

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