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  • Question

  • How do we link our existing Visual Studio Online (Previously Team Foundation Service) MSDN subscription account to our Windows Azure account when they are associated to different accounts.

    The Visual Studio Online account has the owner set to our MSDN Subscription account.

    Our Windows Azure subscription is associated to a different account.

    When we try to link Visual Studio Online through the Windows Azure portal, the account does not show as an option.

    We tried changing the owner of the Visual Studio Online to the Windows Azure account, and still could not see it in the Windows Azure Portal.  I would assume though this would remove the MSDN subscription benefits.


    • Edited by A de Baugh Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:55 PM
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:53 PM

Answers

    • The account owner doesn't have to have an MSDN Subscription. They can have a Basic or any other license.
    • The account owner doesn't have to be the person who owns the MSDN Subscription used to download Visual Studio.
    • MSDN Subscriptions can't be shared because each user must have their own license and sign in with their Microsoft account. There are no team subscriptions. You can buy monthly licenses through the Windows Azure portal using your Windows Azure subscription.
    • You can also try adding the account owner as an administrator on the Windows Azure subscription you're using - if that's the person you want to manage billing for the account.


    Esther Fan | Visual Studio | If a post answers your question, please mark it as the answer. Thanks!




    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 8:51 PM

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    Thursday, November 14, 2013 8:52 AM
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  • Hi A de Baugh,

    How was the Windows Azure subscription created? Can you tell me exactly where you're blocked in the UI as described in the billing set up steps?

    This is how I understand your scenario so far:

    • The owner of your Visual Studio Online account has a Microsoft account with an eligible MSDN Subscription.
    • The owner of your Windows Azure subscription has a different Microsoft account but doesn't have an eligible MSDN Subscription.
    • You tried changing the Visual Studio Online account owner to the Windows Azure subscription owner, but when they sign in to Windows Azure and go to link the account, they can't see any accounts in the URL drop-down list?

    This might happen if the Windows Azure subscription was created from a Windows Azure benefit or the subscription is already linked to another Visual Studio Online account. You can have only one Visual Studio Online account per Windows Azure subscription.


    Esther Fan | Visual Studio | If a post answers your question, please mark it as the answer. Thanks!

    Friday, November 15, 2013 3:53 AM
  • Hi,

    We have changed the owner of the Visual Studio Online account to be the same as the Windows Azure Subscription account, and successfully linked it that way.

    The Windows Azure subscription account is not the same MSDN Subscription account that we download Visual Studio Premium from.

    I am not the owner of these accounts so its a little hard for me to alter the setup.

    Now we can see Visual Studio Online as linked in the Windows Azure manage portal, but it says on 5 free user limit unless the other users have MSDN subscriptions. 

    They don't have their own subscriptions but are employees for the company which owns the MSDN Subscription from which they user Visual Studio from.  Can we change our staff to have MSDN subscription benefits so we can have more than 5 users?   Or does the VSO owner account need to be the same as the MSDN Subscription from which we download Visual Studio Premium.  Then if so, how would we link that to Windows Azure subscription? Apart from setting up a new Windows Azure subscription linked to the MSDN Subscription.

    Thank

    Friday, November 15, 2013 4:03 AM
  • I don't know how this works with a company subscription, but I've asked marketing if they can help answer.


    Esther Fan | Visual Studio | If a post answers your question, please mark it as the answer. Thanks!

    Saturday, November 16, 2013 1:56 AM
    • The account owner doesn't have to have an MSDN Subscription. They can have a Basic or any other license.
    • The account owner doesn't have to be the person who owns the MSDN Subscription used to download Visual Studio.
    • MSDN Subscriptions can't be shared because each user must have their own license and sign in with their Microsoft account. There are no team subscriptions. You can buy monthly licenses through the Windows Azure portal using your Windows Azure subscription.
    • You can also try adding the account owner as an administrator on the Windows Azure subscription you're using - if that's the person you want to manage billing for the account.


    Esther Fan | Visual Studio | If a post answers your question, please mark it as the answer. Thanks!




    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 8:51 PM