There are multiple places from where release definitions can be executed manually in VSTS.
Release definitions can be executed using the context menu available against each release definition as shown in Figure 33.
Figure 33: Queuing a release definition manually
If the release definition is in the edit mode, it can be executed by clicking on the Create Release button on the menu as shown in Figure 34.
Figure 34: Another way to queue release definition manually
The release progress can be viewed from the console window. Clicking ...