Monday, April 18, 2011

TFS Project Server Integration Pack Licensing

Together with Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and Team Foundation Server 2010 SP1 Microsoft also released the TFS Project Server Integration Feature Pack(what a name!). You can download the feature pack from the MSDN subscribers site.

This feature pack enables teams to work together more effectively by:

  • Providing up to date insight into portfolio execution, alignment with strategic objectives, and resource utilization of software development projects by leveraging the quantitative data stored in different systems.
  • Automating the exchange and sharing of project information across teams and improving coordination between teams using disparate methodologies, like waterfall and agile, via common data and agreed upon metrics.
  • Enabling development and project management teams to use familiar tools to collaborate and communicate project timeline and progress such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Project, and SharePoint.

As I got some questions about the licensing aspect, here is what you need to know if you want to introduce this pack in your environment:

TheFeature Pack will only be available to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers (go to your MSDN download center, you should find the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack as an available download). An organization must own at least one license of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN. With that one license, the software can be downloaded and installed and then all users with access to either the Project Server or the Team Foundation Server products that are integrated can benefit.

So buy one VS2010 Ultimate license with MSDN and you are good to go!

1 comment:

Leslie Lim said...

Thank you for posting some kind of information. It was really helpful since I am doing some research now.