Release Management Update 3 CTP1 is now available with DSC Deployment Feature!

Release Management Update 3 CTP1 is now available with DSC Deployment Feature!

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We have just published the CTP1 for Visual Studio Release Management 2013 Update 3. You can download this release here and read through the KB article here.

With this update, you can use DSC (Desired State Configuration) to deploy apps to your environments. Using DSC, you can run Powershell scripts on target servers of an environment without having to install the deployment agent. You can deploy to both on-premise environments as well as Azure environments. A detailed walkthrough of using DSC to set up a release management template is provided in the attached tutorial document.


Note that this is a CTP, and is not go-live. Do not upgrade your Release management production servers to this version. So, go ahead and give this a try on your demo/trial machines, and let us know what you think.

Here are some useful links to get you going.

 Release with ease and fun in different environments!

Attachment: DSC deployment in RM.pdf
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  • How will this affect environments that are already configured using DSC in a "Pull Model" set up? Are the agentless DSC actions done using the Push model? if so how will someone be able to resume the pull model once configurations are Pushed via Release management DSC agentless deploy?

  • I get an error when I download the server component (Release Management Server for Team Foundation Server 2013 with Update 3 CTP 1 (x64) - Web Installer (English)) and try to install it on a clean, Windows 2008R2 standard server (4GM Ram, 64bit,dual 2.6GHz Cpu):

    Problem signature:

     Problem Event Name: APPCRASH

     Application Name: en_release_management_server_for_team_foundation_server_2013_wit

     Application Version: 12.0.30516.20

     Application Timestamp: 535fef1c

     Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll

     Fault Module Version: 6.1.7601.18229

     Fault Module Timestamp: 51fb1072

     Exception Code: c0000005

     Exception Offset: 00038e19

     OS Version: 6.1.7601.

     Locale ID: 1033

     Additional Information 1: 0a9e

     Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

     Additional Information 3: 0a9e

     Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

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  • Hi Sam,

    Windows 2008R2 standard server (4GM Ram, 64bit,dual 2.6GHz Cpu) is a supported configuration hence it should work. Can you please share the install log from the %temp%\dd_rm_Server*.* file?

    And also can you try vs2013.3.ctp1_rm_enu.iso after mounting it?

  • Hi, I worked it out. I was running it as myself, instead of as an administrator. I guess it would be nice to update the installer so that it displayed a nice message that the installation needs to be run as an administrator?

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