Following the release of Azure DevOps last year, Microsoft has also put out Azure DevOps Server 2019. Azure DevOps Server 2019 is the on-premises sibling of Azure DevOps and features a similar experience. This tool brings in an improved navigation experience, changed licensing, as well as additional functionality.

Navigation

The navigation experience in Azure DevOps Server 2019 is the same navigation found in its cloud-based counterpart, Azure DevOps. This experience is more modern than that found in Team Foundation Server. Additionally, the similarity between the on-prem and cloud products allows for a more seamless transition when moving between the two products.

This improved navigation brings new features as well. For instance, the Backlogs hub has been split into three separate hubs: Backlogs, Boards, and Sprints. The backlogs for a project are in the Backlogs hub. The Boards hub holds the Kanban Boards for a project. Finally, sprint planning features are in the Sprints hub. This navigation was implemented as a result of user feedback, and will help users get work done more effectively.

Licensing

In the past, TFS users needed to purchase an Artifacts extension to use Artifacts. With Azure DevOps Server 2019, however, the Basic License includes Artifacts. Similarly, Azure DevOps Server 2019 users do not have to purchase Release Management Deployment Pipelines; they are now included.

Additional Features

Azure DevOps Server 2019 comes chock-full of new features. One of the most exciting new features is the Pipeline view. This view gives the user a way to visualize the environments and understand their progress and status. It also allows the user to drill into the status and navigate through the logs.

Other sought-after features include YAML build configurations, the ability to ignore a release gate for a deployment, and the ability to fix broken Wiki links when moving pages. For a full discussion of all the new features, please visit the Azure DevOps Server 2019 documentation.

To learn more or to begin your transition to Azure DevOps Server 2019, contact our team today.