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  • Hello,

    I have have question about the term "production environment" used in the license:


    a. General. One user may install and use copies of the software to design, develop, test and demonstrate your programs. You may not use the software on a device or server in a production environment.

    In our company we are provided with versions of Windows and Office. Our desktops have this installed. Does section 2a mean that we can't install Visual Studio 2010 on our standard "production" desktop? This would be very awkward...

    I can imagine this applies to operating systems, and software like sharepoint etc.

    Thank you,

    Arno de Vries

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:27 PM


  • Good question Arno, and you're right that would be very awkward, but thankfully its not the case :)

    From the MSDN Licensing Whitepaper linked from the MSDN Subscriptions Help Page on Licensing: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/cc150618.aspx

    A production environment is defined as an environment that is accessed by end-users of an application (such as an Internet Web site) and that is used for purposes other than Acceptance Testing of that application. Some other scenarios that constitute production environments include:

    §  Environments that connect to a production database.

    §  Environments that support disaster-recovery or backup for a production environment.

    §  Environments that are used for production at least some of the time, such a server that is rotated into production during peak periods of activity.

    So your development machines are not considered "production" servers by this definition.

    Does this address your concern?


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    • Proposed as answer by Mike Kinsman Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:11 PM
    • Marked as answer by Arno de Vries Thursday, December 1, 2011 8:09 AM
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:10 PM