Rename a local environment to access Azure DevOps

Renaming a local development VMs is required in order to access a Azure DevOps project across multiple machines.

Azure DevOps (formerly known as Visual Studio Online or VSO) is needed for version control. In development topologies, multiple VMs cannot access the same Azure DevOps project if they have the same machine name. Azure DevOps uses the machine name for identification. If you are developing on local VMs downloaded from Microsoft Lifecycle Services (LCS), you may encounter issues.

  • To work around this, rename and reboot the machine before you start development, then connect to Azure DevOps.
  • After you do this you will also need to configure the SQL Server Reporting Server. To do that, change the SQL Server Name to (localhost) in the SQL Server Report Server Database connection string.