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Explain MSDN licensing

How does MSDN licensing work? We want to have a bunch of VMs to test our application on. Each developer may need visual studio and only up to 1 or 2 people would need access to each VM. We have a host server to house the VMs. Using Hyperv of course. Is there a license to cover the test VMs that get built and demolished all the time?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
You should contact MS for any licensing questions since they can answer customize questions like you have currently. On EE we can only give you an opinion on licensing and sometimes these are wrong. To get a better answer from the licenser I would contact them directly.

Here is some information for the MSDN product
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/cc150618.aspx

About Volume Licensing http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/aa948867.aspx

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/subscriptionschart.aspx

The VMs are going to need a OS licenses I believe the MSDN doesn't come with these licenses.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Let me correct myself. MSDN I do NOT believe comes with client version but I believe Windows Server versions are included
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MrVaultAuthor Commented:
You mean the developers can't start up a test Windows 7 VM to see how our software works on it? Or it doesn't include a Windows 7 license for their host OS? And are you saying each MSDN comes with Windows Server licensing? Sucks that they make you buy premium to use SQL server. That's the most common one used, so they know you're most likely going to have to buy MSDN premium.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
What I'm saying is you should call MS to make sure the questions you ask are properly answered by them.

You can spin up a Windows 7 VM but you need to have the licensing for the Windows 7 OS this I believe is not included.

Windows Server licensing I'm not sure how many you get this is a detailed question that should be answered by MS to make sure you are properly licensed.

You can use SQL Express instead of full version of SQL
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MrVaultAuthor Commented:
Thanks. Our database tests would use up the SQL Express size limit very quickly.
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hassanwarraichCommented:
There are 3 things need to be understand when considering MSDN licensing:
1. Server
2. Client
3. MSDN
then you have to choose from MSDN Profeesional and MSDN Premium.
 your requrement is fulfil by MSDN Premium which have Windows server feature and Vmware feature.
I hope this is helpful to you.
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