We are operating TFS 2018 and our system admins are planning to install a Windows 2019 Domain Controller - are there any compatibility problems for TFS 2018

Shane Hiller 20 Reputation points
2024-05-03T09:46:19.9+00:00

We are operating TFS 2018 and our system admins are planning to install a Windows 2019 Domain Controller - are there any compatibility problems for TFS 2018.

Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019
A Microsoft server operating system that supports enterprise-level management updated to data storage.
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  1. Michael Taylor 48,981 Reputation points
    2024-05-03T14:55:12.3633333+00:00

    TFS 2018 is out of mainstream support so it might work, it might not. Personally I don't see any reason why it wouldn't as it is really just a web site and a couple of services. I wouldn't expect any issues. I don't remember the timeframe when the last update to 2018 was released but Server 2019 was most likely available then so it should just work.

    But, of course, if it doesn't then there is no support. Having said that, Server 2019 mainstream support ended Jan of this year. So I'm not really sure why you're trying to install a no longer supported product on a no longer supported OS. If this is a brand new setup then it seems that you should be using something that is still within mainstream support. Extended support only provides critcal bug fixes and if anything goes wrong on the server/product then you're not going to get any MS support. Seems like a risky move to me.


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  1. Yanhong Liu 2,875 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2024-05-06T02:35:28.8333333+00:00

    Hello,

    Thank you for posting in Q&A forum.

    From what I can find, TFS 2018 does not support Windows Server 2019. TFS mainly supports Windows Server 2016 and previous server operating systems. If you continue to use TFS 2018, you may encounter compatibility issues.

    With this in mind, if your environment plans to install Windows Server 2019, the safest bet is to upgrade TFS to a version that explicitly supports Windows Server 2019, such as Azure DevOps Server 2020 or later, which are more likely to be compatible with the latest operations system.

    Operating system compatibility: Setup & upgrade requirements - Azure DevOps Server | Microsoft Learn

    I hope the information above is helpful.

    Best Regards,

    Yanhong Liu

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