Integrating Crowd with Atlassian JIRA 4.2 or earlier
Step 2. Configuring JIRA to talk to Crowd
2.1 Install the Crowd Client Libraries into JIRA
JIRA needs Crowd's client libraries in order to be able to delegate user authentication to the Crowd application. As stated earlier, we are going to be modifying the JIRA application by editing the application, which is an exploded WAR stored in
- If you are using the Crowd WAR distribution, then you will need to get the CROWD client libraries from the Crowd distribution, available on our download site.
Copy the Crowd client libraries and configuration files to JIRA:
- If you are using JIRA 3.11 or earlier, you will need to remove the
seraph-0.7.12.jarfile from JIRA's
WEB-INF/lib/directory and replace it with the following file:
- If you are using JIRA 3.12.2 or earlier, you will need to update JIRA's xfire libraries:
- Remove the
xfire-all-1.2.1.jarfile from JIRA's
- Copy the following two files from Crowd's
client/lib/directory to JIRA's
- Remove the
Replace JIRA's cache configuration file:
JIRA/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/crowd.properties. Change the following properties:
The application name must match the name that you specified when you defined the application in Crowd (see Step 1 above).
The password must match the one that you specified when you defined the application in Crowd (see Step 1 above).
If your Crowd server's port is configured differently from the default (i.e. 8095), set it accordingly.
Set to 0, if you want authentication checks to occur on each request. Otherwise set to the number of minutes between request to validate if the user is logged in or out of the Crowd SSO server. Setting this value to 1 or higher will increase the performance of Crowd's integration.
You can read more about optional settings in the crowd.properties file.
2.2 Configure JIRA to use Crowd's Authenticator
Now that the Crowd client libraries exist, we need to configure JIRA to use them.
Note: if you are migrating/upgrading a JIRA instance that already uses Crowd, you will need to merge these files (not overwrite them).
Edit the JIRA config file
JIRA/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/osuser.xml. Comment out any existing authentication providers and uncomment/insert the Crowd providers:
JIRA/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/propertyset.xml. If there is no entry for the CrowdPropertySet, add the following <propertyset> item at the end of the file as the last <propertyset> item:
At this stage, JIRA is set up for centralized authentication. If you wish, you can now enable single sign-on (SSO) to JIRA. This will ensure that JIRA's authentication and access request calls will be performed using Seraph. When authentication or access request calls are performed versus the OSUser framework, the JIRA stack will call the Crowd providers and propertyset implementations.
JIRA/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/seraph-config.xmlfile. Comment out the
Add a new authenticator, choosing the one relevant to your version of JIRA:
If you are using JIRA 4.2.x:
If you are using JIRA 4.1.2 or earlier:
2.3 (Optional) Tune the Cache
Enabling caching on the Crowd server: When using the Atlassian-User and Crowd framework together with JIRA, it is highly recommended that caching be enabled on the Crowd server. Multiple redundant calls to the Atlassian-User framework are made on any given request. These results can be stored locally between calls by enabling caching via the Crowd Options menu. Note that this caching on the Crowd server is enabled by default.
Enabling application caching for JIRA: If application caching is enabled for JIRA, JIRA will obtain all necessary information for the period specified by the cache configuration. See Configuring Caching for an Application. If a change or addition occurs to Crowd users, groups and roles, these changes will not be visible in JIRA until the cache expires for that specific item, i.e. for the particular user, group or role.
From JIRA 3.13, the default cache is two hours. In earlier versions, the default value for the application cache is 5 minutes (300 seconds) — increasing this to one or two hours (3600 or 7200 seconds) will improve the performance of your JIRA site.
2.4 (Optional) Disable the Auto-Complete Function in JIRA's User Picker
To improve performance on page-loading in JIRA, we recommend that you disable the auto-complete function in JIRA's 'User Picker' popup screens. Follow the instructions in the JIRA documentation.
More information: In our experience, disabling this feature in JIRA helps performance for customers with extremely large user bases. If you leave this feature enabled and have adequate performance results in JIRA, feel free to leave it enabled.
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