I'm currently working on setting up my Jira staging environment (v7.9.0) in a server separate from current prod. I did a fresh install of the application and copied over the home directory, and dumped a copy of the prod db. I updated the dbconfig.xml file with the dev db credentials. However, I noticed that the entities.xml still holds data from production (such as the instance name, db credentials, etc.).
entities.xml and dbconfig.xml are very very different files.
You should not even be looking at entities.xml here. The only file you need to think about during your "copy live to a staging machine" is the dbconfig.xml file in the Jira home directory and the changes in there should be just to point the service at your staging database instead of the production database
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