VS2008 Beta2 VPCs expiring prematurely


We recently discovered that the VPCs we distributed as part of the VS2008 Beta2 release will expire on Thursday, November 1, 2007, much earlier than we had originally expected.  Since the timeout is at the OS level, we cannot automatically extend the timeout period.  As such we are currently in the process of reissuing the VPCs and expect to make them available early next week.


In the meantime, for anyone that has stored information in TFS that they need to access moving forward, we recommend that you immediately backup the TFS databases in preparation to move them to the updated VPCs.  For information to complete these steps, please refer to the documentation on Moving Team Foundation Server.


We’re still working on additional guidance to respond to this situation.  As more information becomes available, I’ll post it here. 


Update  – please see my latest post on this topic:  http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffbe/archive/2007/10/27/update-on-expiring-vs2008-beta2-vpcs.aspx

Comments (37)

  1. Peter Ritchie says:

    Ouch, makes me glad I didn’t use the VPCs

  2. Visual Studio 2008 B2 VPC from Microsoft to expire Nov 1st

  3. My VSTS Blog says:

    If you have downloaded the VS2008 Beta2 VPC from MSDN you need to be aware that this VPC is due to expire

  4. La Virtual Machine di VS2008 Beta 2 scadr

  5. Daniel Moth says:

    Orcas Beta 2 VPC expiration in a week

  6. El Bruno says:

    Buenas si como yo, utilizas las VPC con Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 que están disponibles para su descarga

  7. VS 2008 VPCs will expire (prematurely) on Nov 1st 2007. This is much earlier than expected/intended.

  8. VS 2008 VPCs will expire (prematurely) on Nov 1st 2007. This is much earlier than expected/intended.

  9. VS2008User says:

    Why not release VS2008 RTM instead?

  10. I've lost count of the number of times I've gotten screwed by a beta timing out mere days or

  11. A Disappointed Early Adopter says:

    You can’t be serious?

    Do you know how much money/time it takes to set up a dev env for a team of developers? Is Microsoft (who had a US$5.92Bn profit in the past ninty days) going to send its staff around to early adopter customers to do this free of charge, or else pay its customers to do the work?

    Guess not, but at least you could think what to do to make it less of a disaster….

    One suggestion would be to release the new VPC with Visual Studio 2008 RC. This is available to some folks outside Redmond – why not open it up a bit more. At least then people – your customers – who have to go to all this effort of re-installing get something in return – turning a terrible mistake into a good thing. It is a bit silly releasing beta 2 bits that are months old when a better/more up to date build, RC, is ready. It would mean the RC bits would get much better testing – and when RTM arrives it is of a better quality (we do remember the quality problems with VS2005 RTM, and no one wants to see a repeat of that).

  12. Smartymobile says:

    Según lo que dice esta nota las Virtual PC de VS2008están expirando antes de lo pensado. Por lo que se

  13. Jeff Beehler on Check out the new Tester Center on MSDN and VS2008 Beta2 VPCs expiring prematurely. Martin…

  14. מאז משיקה מיקרוסופט את מוצרי הפיתוח שלה יחד עם מערכות וירטואליות הרבה יותר נוח להשתמש בהם. כאשר סביבת

  15. Hi Jeff,

    I wonder whether is possible simply to update the virtual machine OS to a regular version.

  16. Hi Jeff,

    I wonder whether is possible simply to update the virtual machine OS to a regular version.

  17. jeffbe says:

    Moreno –

    This is an option I am actively investigating.  My understanding is that you can upgrade a trial version of Windows Server 2003 if you have the proper license.  Before I broadly recommend doing this, I want to try it out myself so I have confidence in the solution.  If it works, this might be the best solution for many.  

    Stay tuned.  

    Thanks,

    jeff

  18. If you are using the VPC provided by Microsoft to evaluation Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server

  19. I use one of the Beta 2 VPC’s regularly, and so I was interested to learn that it will expire prematurely

  20. I just read a post stating that the Visual Studio 2008 VPCs are expiring on November 1st, 2007. It is

  21. From Jeff Beehler, something to be aware of , particularly if you’re using Team Foundationation Server

  22. In case you use VS2008 Beta 2 VPS, you should note that Visual Studio 2008 VPCs are expiring on November

  23.   "We recently discovered that the VPCs we distributed as part of the VS2008 Beta2 release

  24. David Taylor says:

    Holy crap batman – this is not good!

    Hopefully you can just release the RC version instead.

    Otherwise, we all have MSDN licenses, so if it is possible to upgrade the VPC server license to an MSDN subscription license for Beta2 let us know the steps.

  25. jeffbe says:

    It is possible to upgrade the VPC server licenses so if you have a MSDN subscriptions, you should be able disable the timeout by installing a fully licensed version of Windows Server.  Read more here: http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffbe/archive/2007/10/27/update-on-expiring-vs2008-beta2-vpcs.aspx.

    Thanks,

    jeff

  26. Jeff Beehler blogs here and here that the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPCs are prematurely expiring on

  27. If you are like me METRO trainer or just developer that installed Visual Studi Beta 2 and started to

  28. CoqBlog says:

    Ceux qui ont appris que les machines virtuelles Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 allaient expirer prématuremment

  29. We interrupt this blog for an important public service announcement. Microsoft has been telling folks

  30. 色々なところで出ていました。 Update on expiring VS2008 Beta2 VPCs VS2008 Beta2 VPCs expiring prematurely

  31. VS 2008 Beta 2 VPC expiring prematurely

  32. Habe dies gerade auf dem Blog von Jeff Beehler gelesen. Die Virtual PC Images die man im Rahmen der Visual

  33. Gökhan says:

    Jeff,

    Please check this to see if it’s a global solution to the problem:

    http://altinoren.com/PermaLink,guid,7c26bba3-f2ed-4aaf-a883-c368e1ab4a7a.aspx

  34. Steven Smith says:

    In case you haven’t seen this news from last Friday, the TFS Beta 2 Virtual PC images have an operating

  35. jeffbe says:

    Gokhan –

    I would strongly advise against changing the system time on the VPC if you’re using TFS as TFS counts on time always moving forward.  You cannot make a check in or save a work item with an earlier date than the last one for obvious reasons.  So, if you’re using the VPC in production, you could get yourself into a situation where you can’t check in which would obviously be problematic.

  36. Trick! We recently discovered that the VPCs we distributed as part of the VS2008 Beta2 release will expire

  37. Trick! We recently discovered that the VPCs we distributed as part of the VS2008 Beta2 release will expire