Jira Service Desk 4.10.x upgrade notes

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Here are some important notes on upgrading to Jira Service Desk 4.10. For details on the new features and improvements in this release, see the Jira Service Desk 4.10.x release notes.

 Summary of changes

Upgrade notes

Known issue: Too many warning messages about RequestCache in the log file

In Jira Service Desk 4.9.1, we introduced additional logging messages to track the use of RequestCache without the context. For some instances, this resulted in a huge number of warning messages in the log file, similar to the one below:

[c.a.j.cache.request.RequestCacheImpl] From Jira 9.0 version creation/usage of RequestCacheImpl will throw the IllegalStateException.

If you’re having this problem, you can work around it by changing the logging for RequestCache to ERROR. At the same time, we’re working on a fix for this issue. You can read more about it here.

Changing the logging level for RequestCache

Temporary (will no longer work after restarting Jira)
  1. In Jira, go to Administration > System > Logging and profiling.
  2. Scroll down to Default Loggers > Configure logging level for another package.
  3. Add the com.atlassian.jira.cache.request.RequestCacheImpl package with the ERROR level.
  1. Edit the <JIRA_INSTALLATION>/atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/log4j.properties file.
  2. Add the following lines at the bottom of the file, and save it: 

    log4j.logger.com.atlassian.jira.cache.request.RequestCacheImpl = ERROR, filelog
    log4j.additivity.com.atlassian.jira.cache.request.RequestCacheImpl = false
  3. Restart Jira.

Changes to incoming mail settings 

In response to Google and Microsoft deprecating Basic Authentication, we are adding OAuth 2.0 authentication methods for incoming email (so far using the IMAP and POP3 protocols). If you currently use email to create issues and issue comments, you will need to reconfigure your incoming mail settings.

Note: Mail servers used in Jira Core and Jira Software projects support OAuth 2.0 for both Google and Microsoft, but for Jira Service Desk's email channels we only support Google for now, and are planning to add Microsoft soon.

For more info, see Integrating with OAuth 2.0 and Receiving requests by email.

Licensing improvements

Now getting a new Jira licence comes with new user experience. To make it an easy flow, we've introduced the following changes:

  • You can now transition seamlessly from a Server licensed system to a DC licensed Single Node Data Center
  • You can add two licenses at the same time, and when it's a Data Center or a Jira Software licens, we remove Jira Core license for you. 
  • When you upgrade your license, we help you remember to upgrade your apps to Data Center- approved app versions.  

Improved custom fields' indexing DATA CENTER

Large number of custom fields can negatively impact performance and indexing time in Jira. To minimise this impact, we’re introducing a new optimization that reduces the number of called field indexers. 
Now, we won’t be storing sorting markers for custom fields when values don’t exist for a particular issue. Additionally, indexers will be executed only when custom field's values exist for a particular issue and the custom field is visible and has scope scope assigned for that issue. 

For now, all these improvements affect only Jira built-in custom fields. We’re also opening an experimental API to help you leverage these improvements (more details will soon be published on the Developer Community).
This is a complex change in the core functionality of Jira. In case you observe unpredicted behaviour around custom fields, contact customer support and or disable this functionality by using system properties (jira.cfv.driven.indexing.disabled, jira.local.context.indexing.disabled, jira.skip.indexing.null.disabled).

To benefit from this change, a full reindex needs to be performed.

For details, see here.

End of support announcements

We're not making any changes in Jira Service Desk 4.10.

  • Advance notice: Deprecating Hipchat in Jira Service Desk 4.11
    We'll stop supporting, and unbundle Hipchat in Jira Service Desk 4.11. Hipchat Cloud reached the End of Life in February 2019, Hipchat Data Center in September 2019, and Hipchat Server is due in June 2020. If you haven't already, migrate to other chat solutions before this version.

For other announcements, see End of support announcements.

App developers

See Preparing for Jira 8.10 for any important changes regarding apps.

Upgrade procedure

See Upgrading Jira applications for complete upgrade procedures, including all available upgrade methods and pre-upgrade steps that are required for Jira Service Desk 4.10. For a more tailored upgrade, also check our Pre-upgrade planning tool that will recommend a version to upgrade to, run pre-upgrade checks, and provide you with a custom upgrade guide with step-by-step instructions.

Last modified on Jul 17, 2020

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