After Upgrading JIRA presented with JIRA Access Constraints warning

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Platform notice: Server and Data Center only. This article only applies to Atlassian products on the server and data center platforms.


Following an upgrade to JIRA, when accessing JIRA, the following message is shown:

JIRA Access Constraints, The current license is too old to install this version of JIRA.

The following appears in the atlassian-jira.log

2015-05-17 01:01:01,001 localhost-startStop-1 ERROR      [atlassian.jira.license.LicenseJohnsonEventRaiserImpl] The current license is too old (01/JAN/15) to run this version (6.4.4 - Mon May 11 00:00:00 EDT 2015) of JIRA.


Diagnostic Steps

  • Log onto and check the relevant License, and SEN for this JIRA instance. 


This can be caused by Upgrading JIRA without a valid JIRA License - you cannot upgrade JIRA to any versions that are released after the date in which your JIRA license expires. As per the Upgrade JIRA Documentation a check to validate your JIRA license is recommended before upgrading. 


To resolve this, renew your license, and follow the link to "Edit License or proceed under Evaluation Terms"

Last modified on Nov 1, 2018

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