Release hub showing “Release Management is in trial and available to all basic users.”

Recently, we have seen clients concerned that the licensed TFS version displays the message “Release Management is in trial and available to all basic users.” In the Release hub, (Click image to enlarge, please) This is by design. The reason behind the message displayed is, In the earlier licensing model of RM version, only ‘Advanced…


Release Management/Team Foundation Server compatibility list (RM - TFS Supportability Matrix)

  With different versions of TFS and RM around, we constantly get questions as to which version of RM is compatible and supported with TFS and vice-versa. We follow the same compatibility model as of ‘VS team explorer’ with ‘TFS’, where we support RTM and the last update release of a given release. Check the ‘Client compatibility’…


Tokenization with Release Management

This article provides a demo of processing tokens as part of the build and release, using Release Management. Why use tokens? Tokenization comes in handy when you want to replace a value in your web or app.config file, automatically, based on the stage to which the release is happening. For example, my application uses an…


Upgrading Release Management 2013 to 2015 in-place.

Upgrading Release Management is a fairly simple process, and the upgrade from 2013 to 2015 follows the same steps as updating Release Management 2013 to the latest 2013.4 Version. We wanted to provide a short walkthrough with Screenshots for reference. Permission Requirements: The account running the upgrade must be – Local Admin on the Release…


Release Management – Exception with DACPAC deploy tool

Issue Exception stack when trying to deploy a dacpac package using an agent based release template, using DACPAC tool *** Could not deploy package. Unable to connect to target server. Environment · Release Management Server 2013 above · Agent based deployment using inbuilt DACPAC database deployer to deploy DACPAC packages Cause  Release Management tool has…


Release Management – Exception when releasing large file with agent based template

Release Management, TFS Issue System.OutOfMemoryException when a release has a file of large size, in agent based deployment. When the exception happens Release Management Server App pool and its worker process on the server (w3wp) crashes and the release fails. Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception. Exception Info: System.OutOfMemoryException Stack: at…


How to upgrade Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Trial edition to Full edition

Note: The following article is only applicable to Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 edition as the future release upgrade experience might be different. In this article will talk about how to upgrade from Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Trial or RC edition to Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 RTM or Release Management…


Walk-through 3 for Release Management – Installation of Release Management Deployment Agent for Visual Studio 2013.

This is in continuation with my earlier blog post on installation of Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Server. In this I would be walking you thru the installation of Release Management Deployment Agent for Visual Studio 2013. Please review the installation guide to confirm that we are meeting the hardware and software requirement to…


Walk-through 2 for Release Management – Installation of Release Management Client for Visual Studio 2013

This is in continuation with my earlier blog post on installation of Release Management for Visual Studio 2013 Server. In this I would be walking you thru the installation of Release Management Client for Visual Studio 2013. Note: we can install Release Management Client for Visual Studio 2013 on the same server as Release Management…