Visual Studio 2015 Sign-in Experience & Scenarios


Evaluating Visual Studio 2015 for 30 Days

You can evaluate the Professional and Enterprise editions of Visual Studio 2015 for 30 days, starting when you install the product.

To verify this, select “Account Settings” option under “File” menu

For Example: This installation was done on 18-Feb-2016 and the evaluation period will end on 19-Mar-2016

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How to extend the evaluation period of Visual Studio 2015 by 90 days?

If you are signing in to Visual Studio 2015 within 30 days from the installation using your account that is not linked with your MSDN account will overwrite the evaluation period to 90 days. So, you can evaluate Visual Studio 2015 for a maximum of 120 days.

Let us consider the following example: 

Installation Date

Initial Evaluation Period

Sign in using an account that is not linked with your MSDN account

Extended Evaluation Period

18-Feb-2016

1st day after installation

19-Mar-2016

30th day from the installation date

09-Mar-2016

21st day from the installation date

07-Jun-2016

111th day from the installation date

18-Feb-2016

1st day after installation

19-Mar-2016

30th day from the installation date

19-Mar-2016

30th day from the installation date

17-Jun-2016

120th day from the installation date

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How to unlock Visual Studio 2015?

To continue to use the product after ≤ 120 days, you must unlock Visual Studio 2015 by providing a valid product key, or sign into Visual Studio 2015 with an account that is associated with an MSDN subscription or a Visual Studio Online subscription.

1.       Unlock Visual Studio 2015 using product key

2.       Unlock Visual Studio 2015 using sign into Visual Studio 2015 with an account that is associated with an MSDN subscription

To unlock Visual Studio with a product key

Select File > Account Settings to open the Account Settings dialog and click on the “Unlock with a ProductKey” link.

Enter the product key in the space provided and apply

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Note: If you are using Visual Studio for extended periods in environments with limited or no internet access, you should use a product key to unlock Visual Studio in order to avoid interruption.

You can apply your product key programmatically during installation of Visual Studio or after an installation completed.

 

Apply the license during installation

Use the /ProductKey parameter to apply a product key during Visual Studio’s setup process. This setup parameter can be used with the /Silent parameter to install Visual Studio in an already licensed state for an end user. To use the /ProductKey parameter, open up a command prompt. Run the setup program (e.g. vs_enterprise.exe or vs_professional.exe) and set the /ProductKey parameter with a product key (25 characters) that includes no dashes:

This is an example command for installing Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise with product key AAAAABBBBBCCCCCDDDDDEEEEEEE:

vs_enterprise.exe [any other setup parameters] /ProductKey AAAAABBBBBCCCCCDDDDDDEEEEEE

 

Apply the license after installation

You can activate an installed version of Visual Studio with a product key by using the storePID.exe utility on the target machines in silent mode. StorePID.exe is a utility program that installs with Visual Studio at <drive>:\\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\StorePID.exe.

Run storePID.exe with elevated privileges, either by using a System Center agent or an elevated command prompt, followed by the product key (including the dashes) and the Microsoft Product Code (MPC). Please be sure to include the dashes in the product key!

 StorePID.exe [product key including the dashes] [MPC]

This is an example command line for installing Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise, which has a MPC of 07060, with a product key “AAAAA-BBBBB-CCCCC-DDDDDD-EEEEEE”:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\StorePID.exe AAAAA-BBBBB-CCCCC-DDDDDD-EEEEEE 07060

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Note: Ensure that there are no extra spaces given in between the ProductKey and MPC code

The following table lists the MPC codes for each edition of Visual Studio:

Visual Studio Edition

MPC

Visual Studio Enterprise 2015

07060

Visual Studio Professional 2015

07062

Visual Studio Ultimate 2013

06181

Visual Studio Premium 2013

06191

Visual Studio Professional 2013

06177

 

To unlock Visual Studio using an online subscription

To unlock Visual Studio using an MSDN or Visual Studio online subscription associated with a Microsoft account, or a work or school account:

Click on the “Sign in” button in the upper right corner of the IDE (or go to File > Account Settings to open the Account Settings dialog and click on the “Sign in” button.)

Enter the credentials for either a Microsoft account or a work or school account. Visual Studio will find an MSDN subscription or Visual Studio Team Services subscription associated with your account.

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In order to sign into the Visual Studio, you will have to ensure that the following set of URLs are not blocked in your environment

1.       management.core.windows.net

2.       *.microsoftonline.com

3.       go.microsoft.com

4.       graph.windows.net

5.       tfsprodch1acs01.accesscontrol.windows.net

6.       *.visualstudio.com

7.       *.live.com

8.       sxp.microsoft.com

9.       cdp1.public-trust.com

10.   *.microsoftonline-p.com

11.   *.symcb.com

12.   *.symcd.com

13.   *.msecnd.net

14.   auth.gfx.ms

15.   *.nuget.org

16.   *.azurewebsites.net

17.   ctldl.windowsupdate.com

 

References: 

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn950037.aspx

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt270173.aspx

 

Content Published by Jagadeesan Balakrishnan


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