Reduce your cycle time to improve your value deliveryThe faster your software is deployed, the quicker you can get feedback. With release management in Visual Studio you can configure, approve and deploy your applications for any environment. Create automated deployment orchestrations for each environment no matter how complex the configuration. Delivering your software more frequently and easily to an environment allows your testers to get to work validating your system and keeps your stakeholders involved in giving feedback.
Release Management and Automation
Easily define your release process
- Visually create the configuration paths that describe the promotion path through your environments
- Drag and drop to create workflows that do the work of deploying your software: copy files, create IIS sites, install MSIs, and maintain all of your configurations
- Use the same deployment for every environment, including deploying to production
Manage a consistent pipeline
- Schedule builds and trigger your entire release management flow from within Visual Studio
- Enable approvers to schedule each promoted release at a time that suits them, providing the versatility of automation, while still maintaining control
- Visualize your release pipeline and model your release process to know where you are at a glance
By using Release Management for Visual Studio 2013, your development and operations teams can enable additional capabilities in Team Foundation Server 2013 so that they can more easily and more confidently configure and automate complex deployments to a variety of target environments. You can also model release processes, track approvals and sign-offs, and display release status graphically.
Each person using the Release Management Client for Visual Studio 2013 for creating, updating, or deleting a release pipeline sequence must be licensed for either Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN, Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN, or MSDN Platforms.
To enable the release management capabilities, you must also install the Release Management Server for Team Foundation Server 2013. To model release processes and enable graphical views of release status, you must have the Release Management Client for Visual Studio 2013. On every target machine to which you want to publish deployments, you must install Microsoft Deployment Agent 2013.