TFS2013 To License or to Not License

That is the question right?

Ever wondering when to get user licenses for TFS 2013? Sometimes it’s easier to check for when a license it’s not required. Copied the below out of the TFS 2013 licensing whitepaper from Microsoft.

Basically you can use a lot of the features if you have a MSDN Subscription. A Team Foundation Server CAL however is not required in the following scenarios:

  • Entering work items through any interface, and viewing and editing work items you created. This enables users to enter and edit their own work items of any type.
  • Accessing Team Foundation Server reports. Any read-only data that comes from the Team Foundation Server SQL data warehouse or is surfaced through SQL Server Analysis Services would be a report, but custom reports could also be written to call into Team Foundation Server APIs and could also join that data with other data sources.
  • Accessing Team Foundation Server using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. This enables operations staff to take operational issues encountered in production and raise them as issues to the development team, automatically creating a work item in Team Foundation Server.
  • Accessing Team Foundation Server using the Feedback Client for TFS. This allows the user to provide Feedback about an application into Team Foundation Server.
  • Viewing static data that has been manually distributed outside of Team Foundation Server.
  • Up to two devices or users that only access Team Foundation Server to perform system administration, such as creating Team Projects or Project Collections.
  • Up to five users when Team Foundation Server is purchased through the retail channel or for the free Team Foundation Server Express. However, a CAL is required for the 6th user and any subsequent user.
  • Accessing Team Foundation Service via a Team Foundation Server 2013 Proxy. This enables Team Foundation Service subscribers with bandwidth latency issues to deploy Team Foundation Server 2013 Proxy to access the service
  • Providing approvals to stages as part of the Release Management pipeline

Please be aware that this list might not be complete. And if you still aren’t sure please check out the full article here.

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