Just six months on from the launch of Azure DevOps, Azure DevOps Server 2019 has been broadly released. Microsoft made the announcement on 5th March and it means its power, previously only existing on the cloud is now available for installation in the end user’s dedicated environment. Leaving you able to make your own choice on when to update.
Azure DevOps Server used to be known as Team Foundation Server (TFS). It includes a range of highly functional collaborative tools, supporting all popular programming languages on any platform. See the full release notes here.
If you are updating from TFS 2018 to Azure DevOps Server 2019, the key benefits you will experience are:
- A new and more responsive navigation enables users to easily navigate between services.
- Enhanced Azure Pipelines; now includes new Build and Release pages.
- An upgrade on the integration between GitHub Enterprise and Azure Pipelines.
- Azure SQL Database is available for those hosting Azure DevOps Server on their own virtual machines.
- A simpler and more cost-effective licencing for Azure Artifacts and Release Management.
If you are considering implementing Azure DevOps Server 2019, here are some requirements to take into consideration:
- Server installation runs on either a Windows Server operating system or a Windows client operating system, on a 64-bit operating system.
- The server operating system requires Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012 R2 (Essentials, Standard, Datacenter) or 2012 (Essentials, Standard, Datacenter).
- The client operating system needs to be Windows 10 (Professional, Enterprise) Version 1607 or later.
- Proxy server requirements for teams of 450 users or less need one processor, 202-GHz CPU and 3GB of RAM.
- For production deployment, you will need Azure SQL Database, SQL Server 2017 or SQL Server 2016 (minimum SP1).