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Jira 8 Essentials - Sixth Edition

By : Patrick Li
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Jira 8 Essentials - Sixth Edition

By: Patrick Li

Overview of this book

This new and improved sixth edition comes with the latest Jira 8.21 Data Center offerings, with enhanced features such as clustering, advanced roadmaps, custom field optimization, and tools to track and manage tasks for your projects. This comprehensive guide to Jira 8.20.x LTS version provides updated content on project tracking, issue and field management, workflows, Jira Service Management, and security. The book begins by showing you how to plan and set up a new Jira instance from scratch before getting you acquainted with key features such as emails, workflows, and business processes. You’ll also get to grips with Jira’s data hierarchy and design and work with projects. Since Jira is used for issue management, this book will help you understand the different issues that can arise in your projects. As you advance, you’ll create new screens from scratch and customize them to suit your requirements. Workflows, business processes, and guides on setting up incoming and outgoing mail servers will be covered alongside Jira’s security model and Jira Service Management. Toward the end, you’ll learn how Jira capabilities are extended with third-party apps from Atlassian marketplace. By the end of this Jira book, you’ll have understood core components and functionalities of Jira and be able to implement them in business projects with ease.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction to Jira
Part 2: Jira in Action
Part 3: Advanced Jira

Installation package options

Jira Data Center comes with several deployment options. The first choice you need to make is where you would like to deploy Jira. If you want to deploy Jira to AWS or Azure, Atlassian provides quick-start templates so that you can get up and running quickly.

If you want to deploy Jira to your hardware or other cloud vendors, or simply want to manage how you want the deployment to be, you can use the installation packages available. Jira installation packages come in two flavors:

  • Executable installer: The executable installer provides a wizard-driven interface that will walk you through the entire installation process. It even comes with a Java installer to save you some time.
  • TAR.GZ or ZIP archive: The archive package is similar to the executable installer, except it does not have an installation wizard, does not bundle Java, and will not configure Jira to run as a service.

You will also need to perform some post-installation steps manually, such as configuring Jira as a service. However, you do get the advantage of learning what goes on under the hood.

In our exercise, we will be using the installer package, but we will also cover the post-installation steps so that you have a good understanding of the various configuration options available. We will start by installing Java.

Installing Java

Since we will be using the installer package that’s bundled with Java, you can skip this section. However, if you are using the archive option, you need to make sure that you have Java installed on your system.

Jira 8 requires JRE version 8 as a minimum to run. You can verify the version of Java you have by running the following command in Command Prompt:

    java -version

The preceding command tells you which version of Java is running on your system, as shown in the following screenshot:

Figure 1.2 – Java version

Figure 1.2 – Java version

If you do not see a similar output, then chances are you do not have Java installed. You will need to perform the following steps to set up your Java environment. Start by installing Java on your system:

  1. Download the latest Java 8 or 11 from


At the time of writing, the latest version of Java 8 is JDK 8 Update 321.

  1. Double-click on the downloaded installation file to start the installation wizard.
  2. Select where you would like to install Java. Alternatively, you can simply accept the default values. The location where you install JDK will be referred to as JAVA_HOME for the remainder of this book.
  3. Create a new environment variable named JAVA_HOME with the value set to the full path of the location where you installed Java. You can do this as follows:
    1. Open the System Properties window by going to About your PC from the Windows Start menu.
    2. Select the Advanced system settings option.
    3. Click on the Environment Variable button from the new popup:
Figure 1.3 – The JAVA_HOME environment variable

Figure 1.3 – The JAVA_HOME environment variable

  1. Add a new variable (either User or System) called JAVA_HOME and set its value to where you installed Java.

Now that you have a good understanding of Jira Data Center, the basic system requirements, and the various installation options, we are ready to deploy our own Jira instances.