Microsoft has announced the availability of first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. The Azure DevOps Server(previously TFS/Team Foundation Server) delivers the Azure DevOps Services optimized for customers who prefer to self-host these devops services on-premises.

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Key Features included/improved :

  • Branding Changes
  • Azure DevOps Server includes support for Azure SQL in addition to existing SQL Server support.
  • New release management interface from Azure DevOps (Cloud Server) is also included.

Editions Available:

  • Azure DevOps Server Express – Free version for individuals and small teams.
  • Azure DevOps Server – enterprise grade version with more seats.

Upgrading from TFS :

  • TFS 2012 and above: A direct upgrade to Azure DevOps Server  is possible.
  • TFS 2010 or lower:  Perform interim steps before upgrading to Azure DevOps Server 2019.

Production/Go-Live Use:

  • Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 includes a go-live license making it suitable for production use right away.
  • Microsoft is looking for feedbacks though to incorporate in future RC’s

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