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Upgrading an Azure DevOps Server Deployment Version

Up to 1h 45m
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Upgrading your Azure DevOps Server deployment version come with many benefits such as bug fixes, security updates, and even the addition of new features.

In this lab, you will install a new version of Azure DevOps Server, upgrading from Azure DevOps Server 2019 to Azure DevOps Server 2020.

Note: Please be aware that this lab creates an Azure DevOps environment that can take up to fifteen minutes to become available. Please ensure you have enough time available before starting the lab.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to:

  • Install a new version of Azure DevOps Server
  • Detach and attach collection databases from Azure DevOps Server
  • Upgrade an Azure DevOps Server deployment version

Intended Audience

  • Candidates studying for the AZ-400, Azure DevOps Engineer Expert Exam
  • DevOps Engineers
  • DevOps Architects
  • Scrum Masters
  • Project Managers


The following content can be used to fulfill the prerequisites:


June 13th, 2023 - Resolved intermittent deployment failure

Environment before

Environment after

About the author

Adil Islam, opens in a new tab
Cloud Labs Developer
Learning paths

Adil is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, former Azure Engineer, and loves all things Azure. He is a certified Azure Administrator and Azure DevOps Expert and has worked for some of the biggest MSPs in the world (Cognizant, New Signature, CoreAzure). He loves to combine his two passions: cloud and teaching.

Adil specializes in Azure Infrastructure services and has a curiosity for new, in-preview services from Azure, getting his hands familiar with the content before most of the world does. Outside of work, Adil helps run a growing community of IT professionals looking to break into the cloud and regularly runs workshops and webinars.

Lab steps

Logging in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
Connecting to the Virtual Machine (RDP)
Detaching Collections from ADO Server 2019
Installing Azure DevOps Server 2020
Attaching Collections to the Upgraded Azure DevOps Server