Microsoft Azure DevOps – Deleting and Recovering Organization

Delete organization

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Background: We have started discussing Azure DevOps. In last two articles of Azure DevOps we discussed

In this article we will move ahead and will discuss deletion and recovery of Microsoft Azure DevOps Organization.

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

  • How to delete Azure DevOps Organization
  • What happen when we delete Azure DevOps Organization
  • Permission require to delete organization
  • How to recover deleted Azure DevOps Organization
  • Permission require to restore organization

How to delete Azure DevOps Organization :

  • As discussed in last article, from Organization Settings Overview page – https://dev.azure.com/<organization name>/_settings/organizationOverview we could delete the organization as shown in below fig
Azure DevOps - Delete organization
Fig : Azure DevOps – Delete organization
  • Once we clicked on “Delete” button as shown in above Fig, we will have “Delete organization” dialog as shown in below Fig
Azure DevOps - Delete organization dialog
Fig : Azure DevOps – Delete organization dialog
  • On “Delete organization” dialog, we need to enter our organization name to enable the “Delete” button as shown in above fig
  • Once we delete organization, we can recover it within 28 days but after 28 days organization and respective data will be deleted permanently.
  • Also on delete organization we will be redirected to devops page – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/devops/

What happen when we delete Azure DevOps Organization :

  • All users access get removed from all organization services and resources
  • URL of the organization is available to use. For example in our case if delete current organization – prashamsabadra then this organization name is available to use. It might take some time to get available organization name approximate around an hour
  • Deleted organization get disabled immediately but shows in our visual studio profile for next 28 days

Permission require to delete organization : To delete organization we need Project Collection Administrator rights

How to recover deleted Azure DevOps organization :

Azure DevOps - Visual Studio Profile page
Fig : Azure DevOps – Visual Studio Profile page
  • From the above fig there is option like – “Organization Pending Deletion – Expand
  • Click on “Expand” link we will get an option to restore the organization as shown in below fig
Azure DevOps - Visual Studio Profile page - Restore organization option
Fig : Azure DevOps – Visual Studio Profile page – Restore organization option
  • Once we clicked on “Restore” link, we will have “Restore Organization” dialog as shown in below fig
Azure DevOps - Restoring Organization - Restore Organization dialog
Fig : Azure DevOps – Restoring Organization – Restore Organization dialog
  • Click on “Restore” button from the “Restore Organization” dialog and our deleted organization will be restored successfully 🙂
  • Once our organization is restored successfully, we will receive an email as well as –
Azure DevOps - Restoring Organization happen successfully - Email
Fig : Azure DevOps – Restoring Organization happen successfully – Email
  • Email contains various details and links such as – Link to our Azure DevOps organization, Option to add users, our organization details and link to subscribe

Permissions require to restore Azure DevOps organization : To restore organization we need organization owner permission

Next Article : In next article we will discuss some more important Azure DevOps Organization settings

We have very good series going on Azure DevOps. Please have a look once – https://knowledge-junction.com/?s=Azure+DevOps

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