Continua's distributed architecture only comes into effect once extra concurrent builds have been added to your Continua CI licence. There is only one version of Continua so no matter which price plan you are currently on, you will always have a fully functioning* copy of Continua CI. Where the different price plans differ however is the number of concurrent builds and agents that can be associated with Continua CI. Continua's distributed architecture is only available to users that have installed additional build licences as Continua's free licence only allows users to run one build at a time and this will always be run on the agent installed locally on the Continua server.
- Workspace files: Workspace files are any files that are used in the Build Workspace. Build workspaces are where builds are executed and generally this is where you put files that the build needs to execute actions. For example, this is where agents temporarily store source code while a project is being built. The build workspace should also be used as the output location for any compiled projects. Workspace Rules define which files should be transferred between the agent and server build workspaces. These rules can be defined on the stages page in the Configuration Wizard. By default, the Workspace rules are setup so they will only transfer files that are in the Build Workspace's Output subdirectory. This folder can be accessed with Expressions by using the following syntax: $Workspace$\Output.
- Repository files: These are files that are pulled from your source repositories and copied into your Build Workspace. Any Source repository files that are required for a particular stage must be transferred to the Build Workspace via Repository Rules. Repository rules are defined per stage and can be set on the stages page in the Configuration Wizard. By default, all files from your source repositories are copied into your build.
- Artifact files: These are the files that you want to register as artifacts of the build. Artifact files can be viewed and downloaded directly through the Continua CI interface. Artifact files must be transferred from the agent to the server using Workspace Rules, then they can be registered as artifacts. All artifacts are registered using Artifact Rules which are set on the stages page in the Configuration Wizard. By default, no files are registered as artifacts.
* Version 1.9 adds extra actions only available to licensed users.