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Azure DevOps Server – Downloading Setup Media Using Web Installer

Azure DevOps Services shouldn’t be anything new unless you were living under a rock. Azure DevOps Services is a cloud service that includes features that enable collaborative code development.

This is a very useful cloud service. I really started liking how the Azure Pipelines are created and used. The overall integration is super powerful. But, a few enterprises or users would still love to have in-house or on-premises version tools that enable collaborative development. To this extent, Microsoft announced the availability of first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. The Azure DevOps Server delivers the Azure DevOps Services optimized for customer who prefer to self-host the same on-premises.

The RC1 version of AzureDevOps Server 2019 is a free evaluation download. Once the Azure DevOps Server hits the RTM milestone, you will have to purchase the license.

There is also a free version. It is called Azure DevOps Server Express. This can be installed on your laptop as well and supports up to five users. This express installation can be upgraded to the Azure DevOps Server full edition.

Whether you are downloading the full or express edition, you will get a web installer. This web installer downloads the packages needed for the Azure DevOps Server and installs the services based on the installation method you choose.

Note: If you have access to MSDN subscriber portal, you can download the ISO that includes all packages. This is a good option since not all machines may be Internet facing.

The web installer comes with a bunch of command line parameters that can be used for silent installs.

The /Layout option can be used to download media to a local folder and you can then perform offline installs of Azure DevOps Server. Here is how you use this.

Without the /Silent parameter, you will be prompted to click download in the setup dialog. Once complete, you will see a file named autorun.inf and packages folder under C:\Downloads.

In the next part of this series, I will talk about different deployment scenarios.


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Ravikanth is a principal engineer and the lead architect for Microsoft and VMware virtualized and hybrid cloud solutions within the Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell EMC. He is a multi-year recipient of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in Windows PowerShell (CDM) and Microsoft Azure. Ravikanth is the author of Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Revealed (Apress) and leads Bangalore PowerShell and Bangalore IT Pro user groups. He can be seen speaking regularly at local user group events and conferences in India and abroad.