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Multiple developers using same msdn RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    We have a team of five developers that are using Visual Studio. We are now planning to use tfs to keep our code in sync and other things.

    Every dev has it's own live id, but we can't use it in VS because the license is linked to our msdn subscription?.

    Is there any way to link several live id's to one msdn subscription?

    Or does everybody has to have a subscription? Of so, what is the cost?

    Friday, November 8, 2013 10:30 AM

Answers

  • There's no way to link multiple Live IDs to one MSDN Subscription, as the MSDN Subscription is licensed per user, so everyone that uses the subscription software has to have their own MSDN Subscription.  This is covered on our licensing page here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/subscriptions/cc150618.aspx.  In the third paragraph it says "MSDN subscriptions are only offered per individual, there are no “team” subscriptions or sharing of subscription benefits.  " 

    You can find pricing information here (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/buy/buy.aspx) for retail subscriptions.   Or you can acquire an MSDN Subscription through your Volume License Agreement (http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/) or through a Microsoft Partnership agreement (http://mspartner.microsoft.com). 

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks!

    Mike


    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
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    • Proposed as answer by Mike Kinsman Friday, November 8, 2013 7:40 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mike Kinsman Wednesday, December 4, 2013 3:29 PM
    Friday, November 8, 2013 7:40 PM
  • Hey Dirk,

    I know that each person using MSDN software must have a license.  Since you're a silver partner, and you get some unique benefits to that relationship with Microsoft, I think you should contact partner support and talk with them about your situation.  There are likely some discounts or other options for partners that I'm not aware of as a non-partner specialist.    Partner support is available here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/Support/get-support.aspx.

    Edit: reading your original question again, if you have 5 licenses, and your team is the only team that uses the MSDN Software at your organization, then you just need to get those licenses issued to your team.  If those licenses are already used by others at your organization, then I think you will need new ones, but again, talk to the Microsoft Partner team to help out.  If you don't get help through them, come back here and let me know.

    Thanks,
    Mike


    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
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    • Edited by Mike Kinsman Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:13 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mike Kinsman Wednesday, December 4, 2013 3:29 PM
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:12 PM

All replies

  • There's no way to link multiple Live IDs to one MSDN Subscription, as the MSDN Subscription is licensed per user, so everyone that uses the subscription software has to have their own MSDN Subscription.  This is covered on our licensing page here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/subscriptions/cc150618.aspx.  In the third paragraph it says "MSDN subscriptions are only offered per individual, there are no “team” subscriptions or sharing of subscription benefits.  " 

    You can find pricing information here (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/buy/buy.aspx) for retail subscriptions.   Or you can acquire an MSDN Subscription through your Volume License Agreement (http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/) or through a Microsoft Partnership agreement (http://mspartner.microsoft.com). 

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks!

    Mike


    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
    Read the Subscriptions Blog!

    • Proposed as answer by Mike Kinsman Friday, November 8, 2013 7:40 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mike Kinsman Wednesday, December 4, 2013 3:29 PM
    Friday, November 8, 2013 7:40 PM
  • Hi,

    We are a Microsoft Silver Partner, so how can I solve my problem then?

    Thanks!

    Dirk

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 7:41 AM
  • I don't understand your question Dirk.  Do you have a similar question to the original poster here?  Perhaps you should make a new thread with your question?

    Thanks,
    Mike


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    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 8:35 PM
  • Sorry, I was using my own live ID, I'm the same person who asked the original question.

    I will try to summarize:

    I have downloaded and installed VS, using our MSDN subscription (silver partner).

    Since wo don't have a product key, you have to register VS with our MSDN account.

    Now we want to use TFS for source control, ... But we can't because all user information in VS is linked to our msdn subscription. If we change the profile to our own live id (for example Dirk Verleyen) our VS is unregistered.

    Thanks

    Dirk

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 8:05 AM
  • Ahh no worries Dirk/Carfac.  Sorry I was confused!

    MSDN Licensing is still per-user, even for Silver partners:  https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/Membership/msdn-subscriptions.aspx

    So if you are silver partners, then you have 5 MSDN Subscription licenses per the link above, then your team needs to have those 5 licenses distributed to them so they can each have a subscription, register VS with the same Microsoft Account, and get licensed with VS that way.

    Thanks,
    Mike


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    Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:57 PM
  • Hi Mike,

    So we have to buy additional licenses for each dev on top of our Msdn fee?

    Dirk

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:18 PM
  • Hey Dirk,

    I know that each person using MSDN software must have a license.  Since you're a silver partner, and you get some unique benefits to that relationship with Microsoft, I think you should contact partner support and talk with them about your situation.  There are likely some discounts or other options for partners that I'm not aware of as a non-partner specialist.    Partner support is available here: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/Support/get-support.aspx.

    Edit: reading your original question again, if you have 5 licenses, and your team is the only team that uses the MSDN Software at your organization, then you just need to get those licenses issued to your team.  If those licenses are already used by others at your organization, then I think you will need new ones, but again, talk to the Microsoft Partner team to help out.  If you don't get help through them, come back here and let me know.

    Thanks,
    Mike


    MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions Support
    Read the Subscriptions Blog!


    • Edited by Mike Kinsman Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:13 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mike Kinsman Wednesday, December 4, 2013 3:29 PM
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:12 PM