Getting JIRA to Run on an Amazon EC2 t1.micro Instance

Setting up JIRA on an Amazon EC2 t1.micro instance can be a bit tricky due to resource constraints, but it’s not impossible. This guide will help you achieve it with some smart configuration choices and a careful setup process.

Getting JIRA to Run on an Amazon EC2 t1.micro Instance

Setting up JIRA on an Amazon EC2 t1.micro instance can be a bit tricky due to resource constraints, but it’s not impossible. This guide will help you achieve it with some smart configuration choices and a careful setup process.

What is JIRA?

JIRA is a popular project management tool developed by Atlassian. It’s known for its robust features that support issue tracking, agile project management, and software development.

What is Amazon EC2 t1.micro?

Amazon EC2 t1.micro is an instance type offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that provides a small amount of consistent CPU resources and allows you to burst CPU capacity when additional cycles are available. It’s a cost-effective choice for low-throughput applications and websites.

Preparing Your EC2 Instance

Before we begin, make sure that your EC2 t1.micro instance is up and running. For this, you’ll need an AWS account. Follow the AWS documentation to create and start your instance if you haven’t already.

sudo yum update -y
sudo yum install -y docker
sudo service docker start
sudo usermod -a -G docker ec2-user

Installing JIRA

Step 1: Download JIRA Software Server

First, we’ll download JIRA Software Server from the Atlassian website. Make sure to replace the URL in the command below with the latest version of JIRA.

wget https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/downloads/binary/atlassian-jira-software-8.5.3.tar.gz
tar xzvf atlassian-jira-software-8.5.3.tar.gz

Step 2: Install Java Development Kit (JDK)

JIRA requires JDK to run. Execute the following commands to install OpenJDK 8:

sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel -y
java -version

Step 3: Configure JIRA Home Directory and Database

Create a JIRA home directory and a database for JIRA data. Configure these in the ‘dbconfig.xml’ file in the JIRA home directory:

mkdir -p data/jira
touch data/jira/dbconfig.xml

Step 4: Start JIRA

Navigate to the bin directory in your JIRA installation folder and start JIRA:

cd atlassian-jira-software-8.5.3-standalone/bin
./start-jira.sh

Optimizing JIRA for t1.micro

Running JIRA on t1.micro requires some tuning to ensure that the application doesn’t consume all of the available resources.

Step 1: Limit JIRA’s JVM Memory Usage

Edit the ‘setenv.sh’ file in the bin directory of your JIRA installation and set the JVM_MINIMUM_MEMORY and JVM_MAXIMUM_MEMORY parameters. For a t1.micro instance, you might start with 512m:

JVM_MINIMUM_MEMORY="512m"
JVM_MAXIMUM_MEMORY="512m"

Step 2: Disable Unused JIRA Features

Some JIRA features, like email fetching, can be resource-intensive. If you don’t need these, disable them in JIRA’s system settings.

Conclusion

Running JIRA on an Amazon EC2 t1.micro instance is a cost-effective solution for small teams or personal use. With careful configuration and resource management, you can run JIRA smoothly on a t1.micro instance. Remember to monitor your instance’s performance and adjust settings as needed to avoid overconsumption of resources.


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