Azure pipeline No hosted parallelism has been purchased or granted.

If you have created your Azure DevOps organization recently, you might get an error “No hosted parallelism has been purchased or granted. To request a free parallelism grant, please fill out the following form https://aka.ms/azpipelines-parallelism-request” while trying to execute your Azure Pipeline in a Microsoft-hosted agent.

This is a recent update in Microsoft Azure Pipeline where you don’t get the 1800 free minutes per month on Microsoft-hosted agents right upfront, instead, you have to request a free parallelism grant first in order to access your 1800 free minutes. Microsoft Azure has introduced this change to prevent abuses in Microsoft-hosted agents.

To mitigate this error there are two options

  1. Use a self-hosted agent which you can create using this link
  2. Request a free parallelism grant using this link

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