I have read the various existing questions, but this exact question is not answered, per se. I have an existing deployment of JIRA where the DB resides on one server and the web inerface on another. I need to move just the web server for our JIRA installation while the DB remains where it is. Do I just follow the normal install procedure on the new web server and then connect it to the existing DB? Will I lose anything in the process?
Any help would be greatly appreciated
A short answer, yes.
You can configure JIRA following the upgrade procedure on the new server and connect JIRA to the existing database. You would need copy the <jira_home>/data directory and plugins to the new server. Also, please ensure that the old JIRA is shutdown before running it in new server, we don't want two JIRA writing on the same database. That smells trouble.
You can refer to the link in Peter's comment for more info. Shutting down JIRA is really depends, if you have installed them as service, you need to shut down the service. If you're running them manually by <jira-install>/bin/startup.bat then shutting down would be to run <jira-install>/bin/shutdown.bat
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