VisualSVN Server 3.4 Release Notes

VisualSVN Server 3.4 has the following main enhancements:

  • Update to the latest Apache Subversion 1.9 release.
  • New VisualSVN Server PowerShell cmdlets.
  • Other significant improvements related to various VisualSVN Server features.

For the complete list of changes, see the VisualSVN Server 3.4.0 changelog.

Upgrade to VisualSVN Server 3.4 is recommended for all users. Upgrade is easy and straightforward, but we strongly advise reading the KB89: Upgrading to VisualSVN Server 3.4 article beforehand (especially if you are upgrading from versions older than VisualSVN Server 3.0).

Upgrade to Apache Subversion 1.9

Apache Subversion 1.9 is a major Apache Software Foundation release that brings a lot of user-visible changes both to the client and server side. For the complete list of notable improvements please consider Apache Subversion 1.9 Release Notes.

VisualSVN Server PowerShell Cmdlets

VisualSVN Server 3.4 introduces more than twenty PowerShell cmdlets that can be used to perform various management tasks related to Subversion repositories, access rules and VDFS replication. For the brief description and usage examples of all available cmdlets please consider the KB88: VisualSVN Server PowerShell Cmdlet Reference article.

PowerShell cmdlets can be used to manage remote VisualSVN Server instances and are available in all editions of VisualSVN Server, including the free-of-charge Standard Edition.

Other VisualSVN Server 3.4 changes

VisualSVN Server 3.4 introduces a number of other significant improvements, such as the following:

  • Improve disaster recovery capabilities for distributed VDFS repositories. New PowerShell cmdlets allow changing roles of the distributed repositories — from master to slave and vice versa, as well as performing disaster recovery with minimal service interruption. For further details please consider KB93: Performing disaster recovery for distributed VDFS repositories article.
  • Display repository size and other technical details in VisualSVN Server Manager. This information is available on the new Details tab in the repository’s Properties dialog.
  • Improve Markdown support in the Repository Web Interface. Readme files for the current directory are now displayed automatically and relative links to other Markdown files or images are supported. To get a detailed impression please check the sample Markdown documentation project hosted on our online demo server.
  • Preview images in Repository Web Interface. All common image file formats are supported.

For the complete list of changes, see the VisualSVN Server 3.4.0 changelog.

Upgrade and compatibility concerns

Upgrade to VisualSVN Server 3.4 is recommended for all users. Read the KB89: Upgrading to VisualSVN Server 3.4 article before upgrading. Upgrade is free for Standard Edition users and all customers who have an active maintenance subscription for VisualSVN Server Enterprise Edition licenses.

VisualSVN Server 3.4 built with Apache Subversion 1.9 is backward compatible with older clients. Older Subversion clients interoperate transparently with VisualSVN Server 3.4, but some of the new Subversion 1.9 features may not be available unless both client and server are the latest version.