How can I roll-back from a Jira 5 upgrade?

I am going to upgrade my Jira 4.3 instance to Jira 5 shortly and testing with our test license has gone well so far, however our production environment is too precious to lose so I want to ensure I have a solid roll-back plan if something fails.

I noticed the installer wizard takes local backups of the installed files. Assuming I got at least that far in the installation process and something failed (e.g. installation, or broken feature), how can I roll back to the previous state?

We use a remote MySQL database, do I need to mysqldump that or is the Jira installer's backup sufficient to restore 100% functionality & data?

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You will need an mysqldump as well. In case of fallback,

  1. Restore DB
  2. Restore installation directory
  3. Restore Home directory
  4. Reindex after starting JIRA

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