The primary rule amongst the MSDN Subscription golden rules is that:
ONE License of Visual Studio with an MSDN Subscription, purchased via a Volume Licence Agreement, offers preferred Volume Licensing pricing.
Other Microsoft products purchased via a Volume Licence Agreement require a minimum of FIVE product licences.
- The MSDN end-user license agreement states Microsoft Visual Studio with MSDN Software can only be used for Development & Testing purposes and NOT in a “live” environment.
- Each member of the development team that use (install, configure or access) the MSDN software must have their own MSDN subscription. In no circumstances can two or more individuals share the same license.
- Any licensed MSDN Team member can install and use MSDN software on as many devices as are needed for that team member’s use.
- In the event of NON Renewal of an OLP/ OV license make sure you download the Volume License keys before the expiration date from the benefits portal. This must be done to extend the life of Volume licence keys which are perpetual and can be used whenever you require them for the agreed limited number of activations.
– In the event of Non Renewal of a Visual Studio licence with MSDN, Software Assurance rights for all future upgrades & updates are lost.
– Note: under MSDN, if a volume licence product key has not been recorded BEFORE the subscription expires and is terminated, then this key is lost and cannot be reclaimed.
Note there are two types of Volume Licence Product keys:
- Those under Volume Licensing Software, which are free-standing licences, where the full product has been purchased, comes with its volume licence key , is perpetual, and can be used in a live production environment.
2. MSDN Software – those products with volume licence keys which fall under MSDN Benefits for testing & developing purposes only and are perpetual licences.
- Microsoft Office may be used for business purposes without needing a separate license. This only applies to licensee’s with Visual Studio “Enterprise” with MSDN and then only if “directly related to the design, development and test and /or documentation of software projects” as stated in the MSDN licensing Agreement.