Confluence 5.3 Upgrade Notes

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Below are some important notes on upgrading to Confluence 5.3. For details of the new features and improvements in this release, please read the Confluence 5.3 Release Notes.

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Upgrade notes

Rename user page version limitation 

As part of the work required to allow administrators to rename users a migration task will create a new version of each page / blog in your site. Only the latest version of each page / blog will be migrated. This means that when a username is changed, any user mentions in page versions prior to the 5.3 migration will contain that user's old username. This is a limitation of our migration framework. 

Personal space keys are not changed when a user is renamed

If a Confluence Administrator renames a user who has a personal space, the space key for that space will remain the user's original username. For example if jsmith's username is changed to jbrown, their personal space key will remain ~jsmith. 

Some translations not available in 5.3

Translations for several new features, including the new Create Space dialog, new blueprints, Whitelist and the Livesearch macro, are not available in this release. We hope to make these translations available shortly after this release in 5.3.1.  If you use a language pack other than English, we do not recommend you upgrade to Confluence 5.3 yet. 

Notifications refresh

In Confluence 5.2 we refreshed the look of our email notifications. As part of this work we have removed the Edit Space notification email. 

End of support for MS SQL 2005 

As previously announced, from this release onwards we no longer offer support for MS SQL 2005. See End of Support Announcements for Confluence for more information.

End of support for the Social Bookmarking plugin

As previously announced, from this release onwards we no longer support the Social Bookmarking Plugin. This functionality has been replaced by the Shared Links blueprint.   

Preparing your team for Confluence 5

Confluence 5.0 introduced a number of significant changes to the user experience: a new way of creating content, a redesigned header, a new sidebar, and other changes to the look and feel of your site. People in your organization will need to be aware of the coming changes, so that they can plan and prepare for them. We have written a guide to help you: Planning for Confluence 5.

In addition, if you are upgrading from Confluence 3.5 or earlier please note that the change to the Confluence editing experience is significant. See the guide to Planning for Confluence 4.

Upgrade procedure

Note: Upgrade to a test environment first. Test your upgrades in your test environment before rolling them into production.

If you are already running a version of Confluence, please follow these instructions to upgrade to the latest version:

  1. Before you upgrade, we strongly recommend that you back up your Confluence Home and other important directories and database. See the documentation on backing up your Confluence site. If you are using an external database, perform a database backup.
  2. If your version of Confluence is earlier than 5.1, read the  release notes and upgrade guides for all releases between your version and the latest version.
  3. Download the latest version of Confluence.
  4. Follow the instructions in the Upgrade Guide.

Checking for known issues and troubleshooting the Confluence upgrade

After you have completed the steps required to upgrade your Confluence installation, check all the items on the Confluence post-upgrade checklist to ensure that everything works as expected. If something is not working correctly, please check for known Confluence issues and try troubleshooting your upgrade as described below:

  • Check for known issues. Sometimes we find out about a problem with the latest version of Confluence after we have released the software. In such cases we publish information about the known issues in the Confluence Knowledge Base.
  • Check for answers from the community. Other users may have encountered the same issue. You can check for answers from the community at Atlassian Answers.
  • Did you encounter a problem during the Confluence upgrade? Please refer to the guide to troubleshooting upgrades in the Confluence Knowledge Base.

  • If you encounter a problem during the upgrade and cannot solve it, please create a support ticket and one of our support engineers will help you.
Last modified on May 27, 2016

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