TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

TFS 2008 Trials: How to extend the trial?

February 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Issues and Hotfixes, Team Foundation Server, Team Foundation Version Control, TFS 2008, TFS Administration, Unreleased

Since Team Foundation Server 2008 was released end of November 2007 the early adopters which for some reasons have not obtained a product key yet are facing the problem of expiring trial licenses on their TFS servers.

I definitely recommend to find out when your TFS trial expires. You can use the Version Detector Tool [1], which Brian Harry [2] blogged about.

If you have trouble getting a product key in time:

  • From ten days before it expires you can extend the trial period for 30 additional days (using the tool mentioned above).
  • If that’s not enough contact Microsoft to get additional 30 days.

Eventually people will check for the expiration date before they actually learn it the “hard way”…

So: don’t be a fool, use the tool!





2 Comments so far ↓

  • John P

    This tool proved very useful when my trial expired last week, but how come Team Foundation Server 2008 Standard Edition is still unavailable, and when will it become available?

  • neno

    John, the Standard edition is available (for buying) for a few weeks now. Where are you looking for it?

    You can use the Trial and just enter the product key after you bought it without the need to reinstall.

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