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How do I get started on planning a Confluence upgrade?

I'm currently very behind 5.2.5 and want to get on the latest release and once there start migrating to the cloud.  I run Confluence today on Oracle Linux VM version 5.11, but will build new VM running 7.7   Current database is, and will go to 19c

Then there's the plugin I already have in 5.2.5 that are starting to fail due to not being supported...  I would need to identify what would be needed in the new version to maintain the same plugins we have today or understand how to handle my existing pages with/without them.

That's a lot of detail, but just tying to plan how to get this started to develop a plan

- Jeff


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Close case, I have completed upgrade all the way to 7.3.3, doing oracle 19c this weekend

Hi Jeff, I think that's good detail that will help others answer your questions.

I'm not a system-level admin, so speaking from a space admin perspective, a couple things to consider for your overall plan.

First, it's possible to run a search to find all instances of a specific macro, in case this function isn't available on system admin screens. The syntax is something like this, but you may need to modify,

(I've done this a couple times to try to understand the frequency and end user impact of an expired macro.)

Second, have a good, proactive communication plan with stakeholders and end users. Have a method for them to report problems.

Third, as a space admin, I've built a small collection of pages with macro examples on them that can help me see which macros might have problems after an upgrade or other change. I also have a checklist of key pages that people rely on to make sure those are okay.

Just a few thoughts from a space admin / end user perspective.

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