Install deployment agent and set up an environment

Visual Studio 2013
Install Release Management for Visual Studio

These are the steps for configuring the environment. First, install the Microsoft Deployment Agent and then configure it on each server in the environment. You’ll also make sure that the identity you use for the deployment agent has enough permission to do whatever tasks are required for the release. The service account you use in the deployment agents is automatically added to Release Management.

Tip Tip

As a best practice, do not install the deployment agent on the same machine as the Release Management server. If you do install the two on the same machine and you need to upgrade, uninstall the server before you uninstall the deployment agent.

Required permissions

To install Microsoft Deployment Agent, you must be a member of the Windows Administrators security group on the computer where you will install it. You must also be a member of the Release Manager role in Release Management.

Tip Tip

Do you need to add team mates to the Release Manager role in Release Management? Add users to Release Management

  1. Launch rm_Deployment.exe. Read and accept the license to choose Install. If you want to install to a specific location in the file system, choose the browse button (...) next to the default install location.

    Accept the license terms to choose install

    Restart your computer, if prompted, and then choose Launch.

    Tip: If you join the Visual Studio Experience Improvement Program, you can opt out at any time.

  2. Specify the account to run the Microsoft Deployment Agent Windows service and the URL of the Release Management Server. If you use a user account, choose Test to verify the password.

    Configure Microsoft Deployment Agent

    The deployment agent uses this identity to configure this machine for your release. Make sure the identity you use here has enough permission to do whatever tasks are required. For example, if you need to install your application on this machine as part of your release, add this identity to the local Windows Administrators security group. If this identity will need to access builds on the network, make sure it has access to the network drop location.

  3. Apply the settings. You’ll get a summary of the configuration settings.

    Configuration success!
  4. After the success message appears, close the configuration summary. Repeat these steps as needed on every computer in the environment.

After you set up the environment, you might want to connect release management to TFS. See Connect Release Management to TFS

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