How To Move Confluence from AD to Crowd and use the AD as user base.

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Confluence is currently connected to an AD/LDAP, but you would like to move from the AD to Crowd and still use the Active Directory/LDAP for the user base.


Confluence 5.10.0 and above.


As long as the usernames are not changed during the migration, the steps below can be followed:

  1. Install Atlassian Crowd in a development environment.
    1. Refer to Installing Crowd
  2. Connect Crowd to AD.
    1. Refer to Adding a Directory
  3. Synchronize the users to Crowd.
  4. See if the memberships are on the Users page.
  5. Connect Confluence to Crowd and synchronize.
    1. Refer to Connecting to Crowd or Jira for User Management
  6. See the results.

Confluence links the ownership through the usernames, so it is important to maintain the same usernames, otherwise, Confluence will hit How To Rename the User: "Unknown User" as the Content Creator Caused by User Deletion

Last modified on Jan 20, 2021

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