Since the upgrade to JIRA 6.4, I have enabled the JIRA backup service. The file exported to the export directory is much much smaller than I was expecting. I know this does not include attachments, but does this include everything else I need to get my instance up and running in a disaster?
All it contains is activeobjects.xml and entities.xml
Yes, the JIRA backup is a zip file containing these two files. It is basically an export of the database to these two XML files, that can be imported using JIRA.
As you noticed and Arthur also mentioned, it won't include actual configuration files or attachments, so please do backup the JIRA Home folder as well as any specific files you have modified in the JIRA Installation folder (for example, server.xml or web.xml).
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