Crowd 2.7 Release Notes

23rd September 2013

The Atlassian Crowd team is pleased to bring you Crowd 2.7 with a breadth of exciting new features and improvements!

Common administrative tasks can now be carried out more efficiently, particularly in large enterprise deployments. This will enable Crowd administrators to save time so they can get more done.

We recommend you read the upgrade notes for important information about this release.

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Highlights of this release:


User rename

Users in Internal Directories can be renamed by simply editing their username in the UI:

Moreover, if a user is renamed in your LDAP directory, Crowd will pick that up in the next synchronization of a Connector directory, or when the user authenticates against a cached Connector or Delegated Authentication Directory. All user attributes and memberships are carried over when the user is renamed.

Scheduled backups

You backup Crowd regularly, don't you? We have now made this easier than ever by providing you with the ability to schedule daily backups, at a time that's convenient for your team. Crowd will back up its directories and configuration, and automatically rotate old backup files. If you are upgrading from a previous version of Crowd, you will need to enable scheduled backups in the Administration section.

Improved Microsoft Active Directory integration

We know that many of you integrate Crowd with Microsoft Active Directory. We've now made this integration more powerful in two ways:

Support for Active Directory primary group memberships

Users' primary group memberships in Active Directory are now visible to Crowd. This means that you can now grant users access to applications in Crowd based on their primary group.

Support for disabled users in Active Directory

Users who are now disabled in Active Directory will be automatically disabled in Crowd when Crowd next synchronizes. This is a configurable option.

This synchronization goes both ways, so if you disable or enable a user from within Crowd, this will propagate back to Active Directory. You'll be able to manage the user status in all applications with one click and in a single place. Newly configured directories will have disabled users support enabled by default.

If you are upgrading from a previous version of Crowd and would like to would like to enable this feature, you will need to un-tick the "Manage user status locally" option in the directory configuration.

If you do not have read/write access to your Active Directory server, you can disable this support by selecting the option to manage user status locally. This simply reverts to the former behavior where the status is not synchronized and you continue to manage it locally in Crowd.

Simpler setup

You can now get Crowd up and running faster than before. We've streamlined the setup wizard so that only the minimum requirements must be configured. If you are evaluating the product, you can choose to accept the defaults supplied and make further configurations at a later stage.

Complete list of improvements and fixes

Key Summary P Status
CWD-1133 Provide ability to rename users in Crowd. Medium Resolved
CWD-93 Provide scheduled backup of Crowd database to XML Medium Resolved
CWD-995 Provide Crowd support for Active Directory's "Account Disabled" flag Medium Resolved
CWD-1286 Provide support for Active Directory Primary group memberships (eg. Domain Users, Domain Admins) Medium Resolved
CWD-2922 Officially support OpenJDK Low Resolved
CWD-2167 specifying an i18n resource file for a plugin does not work Low Resolved
CWD-2602 Error while trying to import users and groups Medium Resolved
CWD-3089 Allow remote groups as children of local groups when managing groups locally in a syncing directory (Connector) Medium Resolved
CWD-2403 Atlassian Importer should log error on "Could not load database connection" Low Resolved
CWD-2649 Wrong MIME types lead to uninterpreted css stylesheets Medium Resolved
CWD-3484 Password reset messages are misleading and not conditional (UX issues) Low Resolved
CWD-3408 Allow adding or updating user attributes via JSON Low Resolved
CWD-3278 Support SQL Server 2012 Low Resolved
CWD-2839 Supported platforms - Postgres 9.2 Low Resolved
CWD-3358 Support SQL Server 2008 R2 Low Resolved
CWD-3376 Provide Support for IE9 and IE10 formally Low Resolved
CWD-2387 Crowd doesn't have a README.txt file Low Resolved
CWD-3618 Crowd fails to switch to in-memory token storage on startup and always uses database token storage Highest Resolved
CWD-3577 Authentication with delegated LDAP does not work in common case Highest Resolved
CWD-3285 Groups cannot be searched by their descriptions High Resolved
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