System requirements for Release Management server/client for VS 2015 and TFS 2015

Last Update: 4/7/2017

Visual Studio 2015 | Team Services | TFS 2015 | Previous version

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information A newer version of Release Management is available

Release Management features have been integrated into the Build & Release hub in Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Visual Studio Team Services. For more information, see Continuous integration on any platform.

The newer web-based version is the recommended alternative to the server and client version described in this topic. If you do not already have Release Management installed, we encourage you to use the web-based version in TFS 2015 Update 2 and above or Visual Studio Team Services instead of the version described here. If you are already using an earlier server and client version, you should be aware that no new features will be added to these versions.

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Before you install Release Management Server, its client, or the Microsoft Deployment Agent, make sure your system meets the operating system and hardware requirements described in this topic.

Release Management server

These are the software requirements for the Release Management server.

Operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Service Pack 1

Tip: You must install Release Management server on server-class operating system.

Team Foundation Server (TFS)

Release Management is typically used with TFS to deploy builds produced by TFS and to synchronize users managed in TFS. Release Management can be used with the following versions of TFS:

  • Team Foundation Server 2017
  • Team Foundation Server 2015
  • Team Foundation Server 2013
  • Team Foundation Server 2012
  • Team Foundation Server 2010

Note: TFS is not a mandatory requirement. Release Management can be used in a standalone mode to deploy applications.

SQL Server:

You can use the same SQL Server instance you used for TFS, install a new instance, or use an instance that matches the following requirements:

  • SQL Server 2016
  • SQL Server 2014
  • SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2008

These are the hardware requirements for the Release Management server.

Requirement Minimum Recommended
CPU 1 GHz Pentium processor or equivalent 2 GHz Pentium processor or equivalent
RAM 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk 2.2 GB (due to the .NET Framework dependency) 3.2 GB for the first year. Your database could grow up to 1 GB per year or it could be as low as 10 MB. It depends on usage.
Display 1024 x 768 high color, 16-bit colors 1280 x 1024 high color, 32-bit

Release Management client

These are the software requirements for the Release Management client.

Operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Service Pack 1

Team Foundation Server (TFS)

Release Management client can connect to the following versions of TFS:

  • Team Foundation Server 2017
  • Team Foundation Server 2015
  • Team Foundation Server 2013
  • Team Foundation Server 2012
  • Team Foundation Server 2010

Note: TFS is not a mandatory requirement. Release Management Client can connect to Visual Studio Team Services to deploy applications.

These are the hardware requirements for the Release Management client.

Requirement Minimum Recommended
CPU 1 GHz Pentium processor or equivalent 2 GHz Pentium processor or equivalent
RAM 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk 2.2 GB (due to the .NET Framework dependency) Same as minimum
Display 1024 x 768 high color, 16-bit colors 1280 x 1024 high color, 32-bit

Microsoft deployment agent

These are the software requirements for all the agents in your environment.

Operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7, Service Pack 1
  • Vista, Service Pack 2 and PowerShell 2.0
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008, Service Pack 2 and PowerShell 2.0

The .NET Framework:

  • The .NET 3.5 Framework. If this is not present, we automatically install the latest appropriate version such as 4.6 or higher.

These are the hardware requirements for all the agents in your environment.

Requirement Minimum Recommended
CPU 400 MHz Pentium processor or equivalent 1 GHz Pentium processor or equivalent
RAM 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk 2.2 GB (due to the .NET Framework dependency) In addition to the minimum disk space required for the deployment agent, you'll also require enough disk space to deploy your application.
Display 1024 x 768 high color, 16-bit colors 1280 x 1024 high color, 32-bit

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