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  • Hey everyone,

    Just looking for some clarification on activating MSDN licenses keys for multiple msdn subscribers in our organization in a shared development environment.

    Backstory:

    We have a Microsoft EA / Volume License agreement, and on that we have a handful of Visual Studio (MSDN) Subscriptions which we have assigned to our team of developers/sysadmins. We want to setup a test/dev environment for our developers where they can test their applications on Windows Server 2012/2016 (these will be running in VMs on top of VMWare ESX). 

    I'm just wondering, as far as activating these VMs of Server 2012/2016, what keys do I use so they are properly licensed for use by all of our developers with an MSDN subscription? Do I just claim keys from one of the subscriptions and use that? Or is there somewhere to find a key to be used for all of our MSDN subscription users?

    I've found this article that talks about activating your development environment with MSDN (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dd981009.aspx), and talks about how you can share your production KMS host, but I couldn't see anywhere where it talks about what KMS keys to use for your MSDN subscription users on our development environment.

    Thanks!

    Friday, October 14, 2016 3:10 PM

Answers

  • Please  refer to the Product Keys section here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/cc137104.aspx

    Sowmya MSDN Subscription Feedback

    Friday, November 4, 2016 1:58 AM

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  • Hey everyone,

    Just looking for some clarification on activating MSDN licenses keys for multiple msdn subscribers in our organization in a shared development environment.

    Backstory:

    We have a Microsoft EA / Volume License agreement, and on that we have a handful of Visual Studio (MSDN) Subscriptions which we have assigned to our team of developers/sysadmins. We want to setup a test/dev environment for our developers where they can test their applications on Windows Server 2012/2016 (these will be running in VMs on top of VMWare ESX). 

    I'm just wondering, as far as activating these VMs of Server 2012/2016, what keys do I use so they are properly licensed for use by all of our developers with an MSDN subscription? Do I just claim keys from one of the subscriptions and use that? Or is there somewhere to find a key to be used for all of our MSDN subscription users?

    I've found this article that talks about activating your development environment with MSDN (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/dd981009.aspx), and talks about how you can share your production KMS host, but I couldn't see anywhere where it talks about what KMS keys to use for your MSDN subscription users on our development environment.

    Thanks!

    Dear Jloehr,

    Based on your above situation, i would suggest you to use the KMS (Key Management Service) Key in your environment. Since you have access to VLSC you can find the KMS key in your VLSC Downloads portal.

    Thanks
    prathaprabhu


    Don't Say Can't Say Can to Not

    Friday, October 14, 2016 7:34 PM
  • Please  refer to the Product Keys section here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/cc137104.aspx

    Sowmya MSDN Subscription Feedback

    Friday, November 4, 2016 1:58 AM