Q: In general, why choose GitLab over GitHub or BitBucket or other repositories?

A:  It’s free for users.

     It’s secure.

     It's an option for private repositories.

     It integrates with MGB LDAP for user accounts management and it's on the MGB Network.


Q: Are there any requirements to access GitLab?

A: Yes – Internal account users must be on the MGB VPN, in order to access the site.

External user accounts do not need to be on MGB VPN.


Q: Are there any limitations on the number of projects and storage space?

A: Yes – Internal user accounts can have up to a total of 25 projects and up to 10 GB per project.

Users may request an increase to these limitations, for an additional cost. 

Q: Does GitLab support CI/CD?

A: Yes - Common CI/CD tools like Jenkins and Travis can be integrated with GitLab.


Q: Can you put PHI on GitLab?

A: No - Absolutely NOT!


Q: Can external users be granted access?

A: Yes - Non-MGB users can be granted GitLab account access by having an internal user sponsor at MGB Healthcare.

** Please note:  External user accounts cannot create groups or projects in GitLab.


Q: How up-to-date is the MGB instance of GitLab?

A: We run the community edition of GitLab and follow their release schedule.

Software updates are scheduled to occur at least once per quarter. If security-related releases are available, we aim to apply those as soon as possible.

With most software update cycles, there is a system downtime – we attempt to notify all users ahead of time for any upcoming downtime.


Q: I’ve seen some cool features in the cloud version of GitLab. Would there be available in the MGB GitLab instance?

A: It depends - We attempt to enable all cool and useful features in GitLab, but some features require additional setup and infrastructure, which prevents us from enabling it.

This can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Email your specific question to us, at: rcc@partners.org and someone will follow-up with you, directly!


Q:  Is the data backed-up?

A: Yes – The repositories are backed-up nightly via the standard MGB TSM process.

We do, however, encourage you to create independent backups of your repositories


Q: What kind of support can we expect to receive?

A: Given the complexity of the application and the workflows that can be setup with Git and Gitlab, you can expect to receive best-effort support with a focus on the application’s main functionality, user access, and project setup.


Q: Is there documentation on how to use the service?

A: Much of the useful documentation can be found on the GitLab Site.


Q: How do I sign up for the GitLab service?

A: Go to the MGB GitLab and try to sign using your MGB ID and Password.

If you receive a message saying you are blocked from the system, email: rcc@partners.org asking them to activate your account.



** If you do not see your question here or just want to know more information on the GitLab Service, please email: rcc@partners.org