SCMWise.com

TFS Licensing


TFS Licensing Confusion

Licensing of TFS can be very confusing. Even though Microsoft has published much about this topic, many have unanswered questions.

This page hopes to answer some of these questions.


TFS Free Trial

Microsoft provides the ability to use TFS on a free trial basis for 180 days.

They will also allow you to reset the trial license once more.


TFS Full Licenses Edition

Team Foundation Server is the workhorse of Team System. TFS provides a number of central services including: version control, work item tracking, reporting, and automated builds.

TFS also provides a number of key innovations to solve core problems in team development scenarios, such as complete integration between the client products and the server to facilitate collaboration, flexible process configuration to help deliver predictability, and detailed, metric-based reporting for insight into the development process.

TFS uses Microsoft SQL as its data repository.

A restricted-use version of SQL Server Standard Edition is included with TFS, which is installed separately.



TFS Licensing Model

This next section is taken from the Microsoft TFS White paper.

Microsoft licenses Team Foundation Server under the Server/CAL licensing model.

You must purchase a server license for each running instance of the server software, and a Team Foundation Server Client Access Licenses for each user or device that accesses Team Foundation Server.

Organizations may choose to purchase user CALs, device CALs, or a combination of both.

User CALs are typically used when one user may be accessing the server from multiple devices or locations; device CALs are typically used when multiple individuals share a device to access the server.

  • Any device running a licensed copy of the server software.
  • Up to two devices or users that only access the server software to administer it

As noted earlier, each licensed user of a team edition receives a Team Foundation Server CAL with their client product license. You may purchase additional Team Foundation Server CALs for users who are not licensed for the client products.


Multiple Server Licensing

If you have a multiple server configuration, you need a TFS license for each server.

For instance, if you have a TFS application server and a TFS SQL server, you would require a TFS license for each server.


TFS Server CAL Requirements

A Team Foundation Server CAL is required for users or computers who:

  • Directly access Team Foundation Server.
  • Indirectly query or write data to Team Foundation Server through another software application or device.

A Team Foundation Server CAL is not required for users who:

  • View static data that has been manually distributed outside of Team Foundation Server.
  • Receive Team Foundation Server reports through e-mail and do not directly/indirectly access the server to refresh, create, or update data.
  • Receive printed Team Foundation Server reports.


TFS Resource

For information about TFS Licensing and Team Foundation Server



Software Configuration Management Tools Table of Contents

Software Configuration Management Tools Software Configuration Management Tools are the tools and utilities used in administering source code, building software, install packaging, defect tracking, change management and managing software configurations.

SCM Tools SCM Tools is a list of the more popularly used Software Configuration Management Tools. The plan is compile an exhaustive list of tools and rate them according to their usability.

SCM Tool Reviews SCM Tool Reviews are a place to read reviews of software configuration management tools. Share your experiences with SCM tools. These reviews can benefits others who are searching for information.

Software Build Tools Software Build Tools is a collection of tools used to create automated software builds. This list is growing and the functionality of the tools is expanding.

Software Build Tool Reviews Software Build Tool Reviews is a place to come read reviews of software build tools. If you script software build tools, please share your experience with others.

Software Installation Tools Software Installation Tools is a collection of Install Packaging tools. These tools are used in simplifying and automating the installation or deployment of the application.

Software Installation Tool Reviews Software Installation Tools is a collection of Install Packaging tools. These tools are used in simplifying and automating the installation or deployment of the application.

Software Tracking Tools Software Tracking Tools are the tools and utilities used in tracking software changes, defects and software development progress.

CruiseControl CruiseControl is an open source tool setup specifically to perform continuous integration software builds. This page is high level overview of CC and its functionality and benefits. Software build tools like CC are an integral part of your Software Configuration Management System.

CruiseControl.Net CruiseControl.Net is an open source tool that facilitates the integration of software builds. This page is an overview of the CC.Net Tool and Process.

InstallShield Installer InstallShield Installer simplifies the process of creating reliable Windows Installers, MSI, packages and InstallScript installers for Window systems. InstallShield is the defacto standard for MSI installations.

Maven Maven is a tool that can now be used for building and managing any Java-based project.

Source Code Evaluation Source Code Evaluation -- In SCM, one of the most commonly asked questions is what SCM source code tools should I use. The answer is, it depends on your evaluation criteria. There are so many variables and considerations that go into the selection process. Now, the evaluation may be slightly different depending on your software development team and management requirements.

Subversion Subversion is the fastest growing SCM Source Control Tool. The goal of the SVN project was to build a source control tool that fixed many CVS limitations.

Subversion Commands Subversion Commands is a list of useful SVN tips and tricks for administering and managing your Subversion repository and application source code.

Team Foundation Server Microsoft's Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration tool server for Visual Studio Team System. It combines software build management, software development process model, team portal, version control, work item tracking, and business intelligence into a unified server. TFS allows better team collaboration in an effort to ensure better quality software.

TFS Commands TFS Commands is a list of useful Team Foundation Server tips and tricks for administering and managing your Team Foundation repository and source code.

TFS Licensing TFS licensing can be very confusing. Even though Microsoft has published much about this topic, many have unanswered questions. This page hopes to answer some of these questions.

Trac Commands Trac Commands - This page is a list of common Trac administration tasks and commands used to administer and support Trac databases.

VSS Commands VSS Commands - This page is a list of common VSS administration tasks and commands used to administer and support Visual SourceSafe, VSS History, VSS Admin Add.

Wise Installer The Wise Installer simplifies application and patch deployments through automation of software packages.



SCMWise Configuration Spec



© Copyright 2007 - 2017
Powered by Site Build It!
Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape SCMWise.com's Privacy Policy
ADD TO YOUR SOCIAL BOOKMARKS: add to BlinkBlink add to Del.icio.usDel.icio.us add to DiggDigg
add to FurlFurl add to GoogleGoogle add to SimpySimpy add to SpurlSpurl Bookmark at TechnoratiTechnorati add to YahooY! MyWeb