Release Management, Work Item Search Among New in Team Services and More

Azure Germany expands services and boosts compliance, SQL Database Query Editor in Azure Portal, Team Services Jan 2017 digest Release Management, Azure App Services Continuous Delivery and more.

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Visual Studio Team Services expanding its list of features now let teams more efficiently leverage all areas of Azure workflow, for apps written in any language and deployed to any OS.

Among the new features announced today, "Release Management is now generally available, as is Package Management, and Work Item Search is in public preview."

With Release Management in Azure Portal, it's becomes easier to "create a continuous deployment pipeline for applications with fully automated deployments, seamless integration with Azure and end-to-end traceability," says Buck Hodges. "You can start today by navigating to app's menu blade in the Azure portal and clicking on APP DEPLOYMENT -> Continuous Delivery (Preview)."

Package Management, available as an extension now to Team Services and Team Foundation Server 2017 for hosting packages and making them available to team, builds and releases. In addition to support for NuGet packages, "Package Management now also support npm packages."

With Work Item Search, you can quickly and easily find relevant work items by searching across all work item fields over all projects in an account. "Use in-line search filters, on any work item field, to quickly narrow down to a list of work items."

Work Item Search in Visual Studio Team Services

Work Item Search in Visual Studio Team Services

Available in preview TFS Database Import Service for Visual Studio Team Services, is a high-fidelity migration that brings over your source code history, work items, builds, etc. and keeps the same ID numbers, traceability, settings, permissions personalizations, and much more.

Public preview of Linux in the hosted build pool running on Ubuntu Linux inside the vsts-agent-docker container includes all the standard Java, Node, Docker, and .NET Core tooling. To use Linux, "just choose Hosted Linux Preview for the default agent queue in the General section of your build definition," says Hodges.

You can create or spawn other Docker containers as part of your build or release process using either a script or the Docker extension in the Visual Studio Marketplace.

Improvements to pull request experience now added an ability to see the changes in a PR since you last looked at it, add attachments in comments, and to see and resolve merge conflicts.

Finally, JBoss and WildFly extension available now provides a task to deploy Java applications to an instance of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 7 or WildFly Application Server 8 and above over the HTTP management interface. It also includes a utility to run CLI commands as part of your build/release process. Check out this video for a demo.

This extension is open sourced on GitHub so reach out to us with any suggestions or issues.

JBoss and WildFly extension

JBoss and WildFly extension

Microsoft Azure Germany adds services, bolsters compliance in first-of-its kind cloud for Europe include HDInsight on Linux, Power BI, Cool Blob Storage and Mobile Apps for Azure App Service.

The services also have now achieved the certification and compliance standards set by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission, writes John Bruno, Microsoft Azure senior director.

SQL Database Query Editor available in Azure Portal, is an in-browser query tool that provides you an efficient way to execute queries Azure SQL Databases and SQL Data Warehouses without leaving the Azure Portal.

This SQL Database Query Editor is now in public preview in the Azure Portal. With this editor, "you can access and query your database without needing to connect from a client tool or configure firewall rules."

The various features in this new editor create a seamless experience for querying your database.

SQL Database Query Editor in Azure Portal

SQL Database Query Editor in Azure Portal