Administering Azure DevOps Server 2019

This three-day Administering Azure DevOps Server 2019 training class provides students with the knowledge and skills to deploy, configure, and manage Microsoft Azure DevOps Server and related software components.

This course is intended for experienced administrators with a background in either software development or system administration. Team leaders, lead developers, and other accidental Azure DevOps Server administrators are also encouraged to take this course.


Public Classes: Delivered live online via WebEx and guaranteed to run . Join from anywhere!

Private Classes: Delivered at your offices , or any other location of your choice.

Course Topics
  1. Azure DevOps Server editions and components
  2. Supported topologies and environments
  3. Must-have administration tools
  4. Hardware and software requirements
  5. Required service accounts and permissions
  6. Installing Azure DevOps Server
  7. Configuring Azure DevOps Server
  8. Managing relevant SQL Server components
  9. Installing and using Visual Studio Team Explorer
  10. Planning and creating project collections
  11. Planning and creating projects
  12. Using and customizing work item processes
  13. Azure DevOps Server licenses
  14. Connecting and using Microsoft Excel
  15. Installing and using Team Explorer Everywhere
  16. Using the Azure DevOps Server web portal
  17. Git and/or TFVC version control systems
  18. Basic and advanced version control workflows
  19. Using code search
  20. Repository security and permissions
  21. Command-line and third party tools
  22. Configuring/using Azure Pipelines for builds
  23. Deploying and using Azure Pipelines agents
  24. Configuring agent pools
  25. Creating and queuing automated builds
  26. Configuring Azure Artifacts
  27. Configuring/using Azure Pipelines for releasing
  28. Creating a release pipeline
  29. Creating and deploying a release
  30. Strategies for upgrading and migrating
  31. Integrating systems with Azure DevOps Server
  32. High availability and scalability options
  33. Virtual Filesystem for Git
  34. Capacity planning and disaster recovery
  35. Backing up, restoring, and moving data
  36. Configuring and using the Analytics service
  37. Using PowerShell to manage Azure DevOps Server
  38. Customizing Azure DevOps Server
  39. Extending Azure DevOps Server
  1. Introduction to Azure DevOps Server
    1. Introduction to Azure DevOps Server
    2. Editions, components, and configurations
    3. Azure DevOps Server vs. Azure DevOps Services
    4. Azure DevOps Server support of ALM and DevOps
    5. Administrator responsibilities and tasks
    6. Hands-on lab
  2. Planning/Deploying Azure DevOps Server
    1. Planning the deployment
    2. System requirements, software, and accounts
    3. Installing and configuring Azure DevOps Server
    4. Troubleshooting
    5. Installing Visual Studio Team Explorer
    6. Hands-on lab
  3. Configuring Azure DevOps Server
    1. Administrator roles and tools
    2. Understanding and managing project collections
    3. Understanding and managing projects
    4. Selecting a work item process
    5. Configuring and securing projects
    6. Renaming and deleting a project
    7. Hands-on lab
  4. Client Applications
    1. Admin console, Team Explorer, and the web portal
    2. Team Explorer Everywhere
    3. Microsoft Excel
    4. Command-line and third party tools
    5. Licensing and Client Access Licenses (CAL)
    6. Stakeholder (free) access level
    7. Hands-on lab
  5. Version Control
    1. Introduction to Azure Repos
    2. Overview of Git and/or TFVC (legacy)
    3. Integration with Visual Studio
    4. Basic and advanced Git and/or TFVC workflows
    5. Branching, merging, and resolving conflicts
    6. Controlling access via repository permissions
    7. Hands-on lab
  6. Building and Releasing
    1. Introduction to Azure Pipelines
    2. Configuring pipeline agents and agent pools
    3. Creating and queuing a build pipeline
    4. Monitoring and managing a build
    5. Running automated tests in a pipeline
    6. Measuring code coverage in a pipeline
    7. Practicing Continuous Integration (CI)
    8. Using YAML to create/configure a pipeline
    9. Introduction to Azure Artifacts
    10. Creating and using a private NuGet package feed
    11. Creating a release pipeline
    12. Creating and deploying a release
  7. Upgrading, Integrating, and Migrating
    1. Upgrading Azure DevOps Server
    2. In-place vs. migration upgrade
    3. Pre-production dry runs for complex upgrades
    4. Deprecated features in Azure DevOps Server
    5. Performing post-upgrade tasks
    6. Integration with other ALM/DevOps tools
    7. Understanding and using service hooks
    8. Migrating to Azure DevOps Services
  8. Advanced Administration
    1. Monitoring the health of Azure DevOps Server
    2. Web-based diagnostic tools
    3. Options for high availability and scalability
    4. Scaling up vs. scaling out Azure DevOps Server
    5. Virtual File System for Git
    6. Moving/Splitting project collections
    7. Disaster recovery, backup, and restore
    8. Using PowerShell to manage Azure DevOps Server
  9. Customizing and Extending
    1. Customizing work tracking
    2. Creating and using an inherited process
    3. Using work item templates
    4. Extending Azure DevOps Server
    5. Using the Azure DevOps Server REST API
    6. Configuring and using the Analytics service
    7. Creating a custom report in Power BI
Class Materials

Each student in our Live Online and our Onsite classes receives a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Azure DevOps Services class:

  • Windows Server 2012, 2016, 2019.
  • Windows security and networking basics.
  • SQL Server 2016, 2017, or 2019.
  • Visual Studio 2015, 2017, or 2019.
  • Your organization’s ALM/DevOps process and tools.
  • Reading and understanding Visual C# code.

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Length: 3 Days
  • Private Class for your Team
  • Online or On-location
  • Customizable
  • Expert Instructors

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