Confluence 7.14 Release Notes

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Read the upgrade notes for important info about this release and see the full list of issues resolved.


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Upgrade to the next Confluence version without downtime

For DATA CENTER

When Confluence becomes mission critical to your organization, scheduling downtime to perform a major upgrade can be difficult. 

In Confluence 7.9, we introduced rolling upgrades for bug fix releases. Now you can upgrade to the next compatible feature release without downtime, and get your weekends back. 

How does it work? 

The rolling upgrade process is basically the same as for a bug fix upgrade, except that we may need to run some upgrade tasks to transform or move your data. Upgrade tasks are fairly common in feature releases. 

Some upgrade tasks are run just prior to the application starting up on each node, and other cluster-wide upgrade tasks are run once all nodes are running the new version, and you choose to finalize the upgrade. The cluster overview keeps you in the loop throughout the whole process.

Compatible versions

At this stage, you can perform a rolling upgrade from one feature release to the next one in line. For example if you were running version 7.14.2, you could upgrade to 7.15.1 with no downtime. Go to  > General Configuration> Plan you upgrade to check which versions are compatible. 

Learn how to upgrade Confluence without downtime


Install Confluence Data Center on Kubernetes

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If you're running self-managed environments and looking to adopt modern infrastructures, Jira, Confluence, and Bitbucket Data Center can now be deployed on Kubernetes clusters.

By leveraging Kubernetes, you can efficiently utilize your organization's infrastructure. You can easily scale your product up or down, and manage and schedule your workloads. This can drive greater agility amongst your teams while experiencing a simplified administrative experience at scale, without compromising your organization’s regulatory requirements.

We offer Helm charts on GitHub for installing and operating Atlassian products on a Kubernetes cluster of your choice.

Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes that allows you to package, configure, and deploy applications and services onto Kubernetes clusters. Helm uses a packaging format called charts, which are collections of files that describe a related set of Kubernetes resources.

The Kubernetes cluster can be a managed environment, such as Amazon EKSAzure Kubernetes ServiceGoogle Kubernetes Engine, or a custom on-premise system.

Here’s an overview of the architecture.


Go to Running Data Center products on a Kubernetes cluster to find out how it works.

Data pipeline improvements

For DATA CENTER

Schedule regular exports

Schedule regular data pipeline exports from the data pipeline screen. You can choose to export as frequently or as infrequently as you need.

Change the export location

You can now use the REST API to set a custom location for the data pipeline to export files to. This is particularly useful if you want to send files directly to the relevant storage for your data lake, such as Amazon S3 or Azure Blob Storage.

Learn more about the data pipeline

Import events into an existing calendar

For DATA CENTER

You can now import an iCalendar (.ics) file into an existing team calendar. 

This is useful if you want to add events from an external calendar, or merge existing team calendars.

Learn how to import a calendar

Confluence security improvements

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Our vulnerability management program uses a range of strategies for finding and fixing security issues. One approach is to regularly update core components and third-party libraries to the newest, most secure versions. 

This is an ongoing effort, and one of the ways we work to continuously improve Confluence. If you’d like to learn more about some of the libraries we’ve upgraded in this release, see Preparing for Confluence 7.14

Many of these upgrades will also be backported to Confluence 7.4 LTS and 7.13 LTS releases.


Resolved issues

For full details of bugs fixed and suggestions resolved, go to Jira.

Issues resolved in 7.14.2

Released on 18 November 2021

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Issues resolved in 7.14.1

Released on 1 November 2021

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Issues resolved in 7.14.0

Released on 11 October 2021

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Get ready to upgrade

Before you upgrade, check out the Confluence 7.14 Upgrade Notes for important changes in this release, then follow the usual upgrade instructions to upgrade your site.

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Been a while since your last upgrade? Check out our upgrade matrix for a bird's-eye view of the most important changes since Confluence 7.4 LTS.

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Credits

Our wonderful customers...

You play an important role in making Confluence better. Thanks to everyone who participated in interviews with us, made suggestions, voted, and reported bugs!

Last modified on Nov 18, 2021

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