I am going to teach students (in engineering school) a course about DevOps practices. I want to make them work with Azure DevOps, learn Azure pipelines, and everything. So I need a dedicated Azure DevOps organization where I can invite all the students (they should be less than 30). However, there are only 5 free basic seats on an organization and pipelines Microsoft Hosted agents are disabled by default. Is there a program for Azure DevOps for teaching purposes and how can I request access?
There is an "Azure Dev Tools for Teaching" program but as far as I know, it's for Azure only not for Azure DevOps.
in order to get free private/MS hosted agent, you need to send an email:
To request your free grant, send an email to email@example.com and provide the following details clearly:
Azure DevOps organization for which you are requesting the free grant
Whether you need the free grant for public projects, private projects, or both
Links to the repositories that you plan to build (public projects only)
Brief description of your project (public projects only)
I would ask on the same email if more access licenses can be obtained. When I teach at universities, I normally demo my solutions on a public project, and let them create their own organizations for labs/exercises (due to the 5 basic license limits).