Installed working...created users...now they can't connect...the base url matches..but no joy.. error is webpage is not available...I must have missed something in the configuration...any quick ideas?
You don't deploy a WAR for Apache, you create a WAR for Tomcat. Apache is usually used as a front end to do things like clever urls, relocation, ssl and so on, but you don't need it for simple one-offs like you are talking about.
To run Jira with SSL (and no need for Apache), see https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/Running+JIRA+over+SSL+or+HTTPS
If there are other services to run, corporate networks and other things, you may decide you do want Apache, but for a simple setup, you don't need it.
Just changing the baseUrl won't make JIRA accessible in that URL. You will have to configure JIRA to be accessible in that URL.
Maybe this helps? https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/169259/change-jira-access-url
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