VisualSVN Server 2.7 Release Notes

VisualSVN Server 2.7 brings the following main changes:

  • New feature: Repository Management Delegation using the VisualSVN Repository Configurator.
  • Reintroduced global (server-wide) access permissions for Windows authentication.

Other significant functional and usability improvements introduced in VisualSVN Server 2.7 are briefly described below.

Upgrade to VisualSVN Server 2.7 is recommended for all existing VisualSVN users.

New feature: Repository Management Delegation

The main new feature of VisualSVN Server 2.7 is the Repository Management Delegation. Thanks to this feature, non-administrative users can be assigned as repository supervisors to specific repositories and manage them using the VisualSVN Repository Configurator.

Repository supervisors can manage only repositories which they are assigned to. When a supervisor connects to a repository, he can examine the current repository access permissions and modify them using the rich user interface of Repository Configurator.

All permission modifications performed by repository supervisors are logged to the dedicated VisualSVN Server Management event log which can be used for auditing.

VisualSVN Repository Configurator is a standalone application which does not require administrative permissions for installation and execution. Moreover, Repository Configurator is ready to be deployed automatically through Active Directory Group Policies.

Repository Management Delegation feature is currently available only if your VisualSVN Server is configured for Windows authentication.

Global (server-wide) access permissions for Windows authentication

VisualSVN Server 2.7 reintroduces global access permissions that apply to all repositories hosted on VisualSVN Server. This functionality was disabled in previous release due to major rework of authorization mechanism (move of access permissions to per-repository files).

Global access permissions are available for Windows authentication only.

Other VisualSVN Server 2.7 improvements

VisualSVN Server 2.7 introduces other functional and usability improvements, such as:

  • New VisualSVN Server Activity log where Access and Operational logs are written to.
  • Colored diff in email notifications.
  • New Licensing tab in the Properties dialog of VisualSVN Server Manager console.

For complete list of changes, see the VisualSVN Server 2.7.0 changelog.

Upgrade and compatibility concerns

We recommend all users of VisualSVN Server to upgrade to 2.7. Before upgrading please consider the KB64: Upgrading to VisualSVN Server 2.7 guide.

Upgrading to VisualSVN Server 2.7 may require an additional administrative actions if you are upgrading from VisualSVN Server 2.5 or earlier and you have Subversion authentication enabled on your server. For further details please consider the KB63 article.

Download VisualSVN Server 2.7 at the download page.