Microsoft Azure DevOps – Organization

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Background: In last article of Azure DevOps we discussed introductory part of Azure DevOps. In this article we will go one step ahead and will discuss Organizations in Azure DevOps

Take away from this article: At the end of this article we will got to know about

  • What is Azure DevOps Organization
  • What we get with free Azure DevOps Organization
  • Managing Azure DevOps Organizations settings

What is Azure DevOps Organization :

  • An Organization in Azure DevOps is a mechanism for organizing and connecting groups of related projects.
  • Whenever we first time start / sign-in with Azure DevOps, default organization is created.
  • Currently I am logging with my Microsoft account – prashamsabadra@live.com as shown in below fig to start with Azure DevOps free 🙂
  • Once we signed in we will get following prompt
Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - signing with Microsoft account
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – signing with MS account
  • Once we click on “Continue” button, we will get prompted for the organization name
  • Here, we are specifying organization name as – “KnowledgeJunction” as shown in below Fig
Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - Name for Azure DevOps organization
Fig: Azure DevOp – Starting with Azure DevOps – Name for Azure DevOps organization
Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - Organization home page with various options
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with AzureDevOps – Organization home page with various options
  • So here default Organization is created
  • We have various details on home page and options like – Name of Organization, link to create “New organization“, option for setting s/ updating settings – “Organizations settings
  • We have option to create “Project” – either “Public Project” or “Private Project“. We will discuss about Azure DevOps Project in next upcoming article 🙂
  • We will also receive an email – “You have been invited to a Azure DevOps Project!” as
Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - New user creation email
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with AzureDevOps – New user creation email
  • There are various details in email as shown in below Fig
    • Join now” button to sign in with Azure DevOps
    • Azure DevOps documentation details – “Get started” button in email
    • Our Organization details
Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - New user creation email with settings
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – New user creation email with settings

What we get with free Azure DevOps Organization:

  • Five free users with Basic access
  • Unlimited Visual Studio subscribers and Stakeholders
  • Free monthly amounts of additional services such as build and deployment 

Organization Settings: Lets explore few of the organization settings… From the Azure DevOps home page / Organization home page, we have an link “Organization settings“. By clicking on this link we will be redirected to Organizations settings overview page – https://dev.azure.com/<Organization name>/_settings/organizationOverview as shown in below Fig

Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - Organization Settings Overview
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings Overview

On Organization Settings overview page, we have various settings such as

Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - Organization Settings Users
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings Users

From Users, We can manage our organization access. we could add users as shown in below Fig. Here, I am adding user – prasham@knowledgejunction1.onmicrosoft.com.

Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - Organization Settings Users - Adding new users
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings Users – Adding new users

Only organization owners or members of the Project Collection Administration group can add users at this level.

Once added, respective user will receive email as shown in below Fig. Click on “Join now” button from email and user will be redirected to DevOps home page.

Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - Organization Settings Users - Adding new users - Email received by the invited user
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings Users – Adding new users – Email received by the invited user

We have other settings as well like, Filter users option, session notifications, summary, access level as shown in below fig

Fig : Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - Organization Settings Users - Notifications
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings Users – Notifications
Azure DevOps - Starting with AzureDevOps - Organization Settings Users - Summary
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings – Users – Summary
  • Auditing: Audit page – https://dev.azure.com/<organization name>/_settings/audit shows the detailed messages. These are very important in case we need to verify the things or need to track the activities of users. Please have a look at below fig,
    • we can Export logs as well either in CSV or JSON format.
    • We can have very detailed level description under “Details” column
Azure DevOps - Starting with Azure DevOps - Organization Settings - Auditing
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings – Auditing
  • Azure Active Directory:
Azure DevOps - Starting with Azure DevOps - Organization Settings - Azure Active Directory
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings – Azure Active Directory
  • Once we successfully connected with our organization Azure Active Directory, we get a “Connect success!” prompt and one message as shown in below Fig.
Azure DevOps - Starting with Azure DevOps - Organization Settings - Azure Active Directory - Connecting to organization Azure Active Directory - Here, KnowledgeJunction
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings – Azure Active Directory – Connecting to organization Azure Active Directory – Here, KnowledgeJunction
  • Message is, we need to sign in and sign out to see our organization AD users.
  • Also, to add users from our organization Active Directory, we need to have permission to at least one account from organization AD
  • Once we have permissions in place then we could add other users as shown in below Fig – Here, we are adding user – Prasham1@knowledgjunction.onmicrosoft.com which is from KnowledgeJunction organization AD
Azure DevOps - Starting with Azure DevOps - Organization Settings - Azure Active Directory - Finding users fro connected Azure Active Directory
Fig : Azure DevOps – Starting with Azure DevOps – Organization Settings – Azure Active Directory – Finding users fro connected Azure Active Directory

Since this article is going long, we will stop here :). There are individual settings for Board, Pipelines, Artifacts and other settings as well which we will discuss in next upcoming respective articles.

Next Article : In next article we will discuss about Azure DevOps Organization Permissions

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