Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 (On-premises) First Impression

Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 (On-premises) First Impression

Recently, Microsoft has released the Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 aka Release Candidate 1 for the on-premises use, it’s mainly for the people who needs special requirements to run the DevOps workload on-premises and for the regions which Azure DevOps services are not available. 

If you have the previous Team Foundation Server (TFS) server 2012 and newer you can directly upgrade to Azure DevOps server. If it is a TFS 2010 or earlier the steps can be vary and this article is not about upgrading the TFS server to Azure DevOps Server, it’s just the introduction to the Azure DevOps Server RC1.

Installation can be carried out with the Windows Server or Client operating systems. Previous releases, TFS 2017, 2018 and Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 only support for the 64 bit operating systems. The important thing is server core installation also supported for this release, also it supported for TFS 2017 and 2018 as well. 

The Proxy feature is available for Windows Server based installations check the hardware requirements prior to the installation and also for the Git Virtual File System (GVFS) proxy.

Please not that a SQL Server is required and SQL Server on Linux isn’t supported.

Azure Server 2019 RC1 Installation

Single and multi Server options are available according to the number of users in your network. Also, express edition is available for small scale (up to 5 users) In this post I’ve used below configuration to deploy the Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1

Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2017 Express edition (On the same server) and DevOps Server Express 2019 RC1. 

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Run the installer and it started the installation 

Proceeded with the installation

Configuration Center Wizard started and proceeded the configuration by clicking “Start Wizard” button

In my case it was a new deployment selected the “This is a new Azure DevOps Server deployment” option and proceeded with “Next” 

I selected the “I want to start a trial Azure DevOps Server” option for the evaluation 

Two options are to be selected at the next step to select the inputs of the installation whether “New Deployment – Basic” or “New Deployment – Advanced” options. I choose the Advanced option 

Type the SQL server instance and test the connectivity to the SQL Server, “server_name\instance_name” should be followed. 

Specify the Service account for the primary account for the Azure DecOps Server. I leave it to the default as this is not a production deployment. Specify the relevant account, in this step

In this step, Setting Group should be specified and access public url, ssh enable/disable option and File Cache Location should be specified 

Search Service Index Location, basic search service authentication user accounts should be specified here

Reporting can be configured with Azure DevOps Server and SQL Reporting service should be installed on the server, I didn’t want to use the reporting so I didn’t select the option

Specifed a name for the default team project collection 

Verified the details provided in the next step and continued the installation

Azure DevOps Server Express Administration Console will provide the basic administration and details of the server

Accessed the public url from your browser and you can create your first project specifying name, description, version control and Work item process options

For Version Control Git and Team Foundation Version Control available and for work item process Agile, CMMI and Scrum is available

Project was created 

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