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Visual Studio 2015 License for Enterprise Edition can be reused in build server

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  • I'm an automation engineer, and developed some web performance tests. We like to run these tests as part of our nightly build process. However, our build machine has a professional edition license, and is not able to build my projects (because required components are missing).

    My question is, whether we are legally allowed to reuse my Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise Edition license in our build server in order to be able to create the DLLs, and execute them in the build process work flow? Please note that at the same time, I need to use the same license in order to develop new tests. However, on the build server, no one will develop anything (only building and doing the Continues Integration).

    Thank you for your help in advance.

    Friday, February 10, 2017 4:46 PM

Answers

  • Hi friend,

    According to the licensing whitepaper and my understanding, the approach you mentioned above could work with no problem.

    For further confirm, you could also contact below:

    For license issue, you can call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist, and you can get more detail information from there. You can also visit the following site for more information and support on licensing issues:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/mplahome.mspx

    Best regards,

    Fletch


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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 1:50 AM

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  • Hi friend,

    As this issue is about legally using of VS license, after reading Visual Studio 2015 Licensing Whitepaper I found this:

    It seems it's not allowed to use the license as the way you described above. 

    Best regards,

    Fletch


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    Monday, February 13, 2017 7:00 AM
  • Thank you for your time and answer. I like to verify whether I understood your answer correctly:

    So basically, we are not allowed to reuse my license on another machine ( a build machine). However, we are allowed to use my machine and my license as a build machine. Basically, while I'm gone, and not develop anything on my box, we can use my machine during the off-hours (nights) as the build machine (with the same license). Basically, my machine will have the dual roles :  1) during day - development machine, 2) during nights - acting as build machine.

    Is this approach a valid approach?

    Thank you for your help.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 5:28 PM
  • Hi friend,

    According to the licensing whitepaper and my understanding, the approach you mentioned above could work with no problem.

    For further confirm, you could also contact below:

    For license issue, you can call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist, and you can get more detail information from there. You can also visit the following site for more information and support on licensing issues:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/mplahome.mspx

    Best regards,

    Fletch


    MSDN Community Support
    Please remember to click "Mark as Answer" the responses that resolved your issue, and to click "Unmark as Answer" if not. This can be beneficial to other community members reading this thread. If you have any compliments or complaints to MSDN Support, feel free to contact MSDNFSF@microsoft.com.


    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 1:50 AM