MSDN subscriptions
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  • MSDN subscriptions

    Microsoft Action Pack subscribers and competency partners earn licenses for software development tools.

     
     
     
     
     

 

Get started

The number and level of MSDN subscriptions vary by membership level as highlighted in the Core Benefits page. To get started, follow the steps outlined below.

Note: MSDN subscriptions are licensed per user.

 
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    1.Join your organization
    <a href="#">1. Join your organization</a>

    In order to get started, you must:

    • Sign in to the Microsoft Partner Network.
    • Have a Microsoft Account ID that is associated to your Partner Organization on the Microsoft Partner Network.
    • Be a member of an organization that is enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network.

    If you are looking for more information about the MSDN subscription or how to activate your subscription, select the “Activate your MSDN subscription” tab.

    Already a Microsoft Partner?

    New to the Microsoft Partner Network?

     
     
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    2.Activate your MSDN subscription
    <a href="#">2. Activate your MSDN subscription</a>
     
     

    How do I earn MSDN subscriptions?

    The number and level of MSDN subscriptions vary by membership opportunity, as shown in the following table.
    Core membership opportunity
    Community
    Microsoft Action Pack Subscription1
    Silver competency
    Gold competency
     
    Not applicable
    3 Visual Studio Professional licenses (MSDN for Action Pack)
    5 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions
    10 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions
    Incremental MSDN license grants by competency
    Competency
    Silver competency license grants
    Gold competency license grants
     
    Application Development
    5 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions
    25 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions
     
    Application Lifecycle Management
    1 Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscription
    5 Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscriptions
    Note: Visual Studio Professional licenses and MSDN subscriptions are licensed per user. View MSDN licensing for details.
     

    What are the differences between purchased MSDN subscriptions and MSDN subscriptions offered through the Microsoft Partner Network?

    Purchased MSDN subscriptions
    MSDN subscriptions offered through the Microsoft Partner Network
    Internal or external development and testing
    Internal development and testing only; no projects for external customers or other direct revenue-generating activities.
     
    MSDN technical support incidents
    No MSDN technical support incidents, although general technical support is provided as part of the Microsoft Partner Network core benefits.
     
    Priority support in MSDN Forums
    No priority support in MSDN forums, although general technical support is offered as part of the Microsoft Partner Network core benefits.
     
    Licensing terms for retail purchases or product use rights for purchases through Microsoft Volume Licensing. MSDN subscription end-user licensing agreement (EULA)
    Licensing terms and any other terms related to participation in the Microsoft Partner Network. MSDN subscriptions not for resale (NFR) EULA
     

    What is the maximum number of MSDN subscriptions I can earn through the Microsoft Partner Network?

    MSDN subscription limits
    Subscription level
    Maximum silver competency grants
    Maximum gold competency grants
     
    Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN​
    25 subscriptions per country, 75 worldwide
    50 subscriptions per country, 150 worldwide
     
    Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN*
    5 subscriptions per country, 15 worldwide
    25 subscriptions per country, 75 worldwide
     

    How do I assign MSDN subscriptions as an admin of the partner organization?

    The partner program administrator assigns MSDN subscriptions to employees through the Partner Membership Center. If you are a program administrator and need assistance on how to assign users to MSDN subscriptions, please refer to the Program Administrator Guide.
     

    As a user, how do I activate my MSDN subscription after my admin assigns me an MSDN subscription?

    Take these steps to activate your MSDN subscription:

    1. Confirm that you have been assigned a subscription by visiting the MSDN subscriptions tab on the Individual Account Home at the Partner Membership Center. Check that the spelling of your first name, last name, and email address match your individual profile as these must match what is listed on your individual profile. Also make note of the Technical ID listed next to your name; you’ll need this for step two.

    2. Go to the Activate My Subscription page and enter your first name, last name, email address, and MSDN subscriber ID (using the partner technical ID from your profile). If you receive an error, it could be because your subscription was recently assigned and is not yet ready for activation; just return the next day to activate. Otherwise, double check that your name, email address, and subscriber ID match what is listed on your individual profile. If you continue to receive an error, contact the Microsoft Partner Network support team.
     
    Note: Only members with an activated subscription are entitled to use the software. If you are using Visual Studio 2013 editions (Professional, Premium, or Ultimate), you are required to log in with your Microsoft account at least once every 30 days or your copy of Visual Studio will downgrade to a trial copy. Sharing sign-in credentials is prohibited.
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    3.Download MSDN software
    <a href="#">3. Download MSDN software</a>
    If you have already been assigned an MSDN subscription, click “Access MSDN subscriber downloads.” If you have not been assigned an MSDN subscription, please contact your account administrator.
     
     
    Consider purchasing more MSDN subscriptions with a 20 percent savings for partners with a competency.

    Product
    Savings
    Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN
    20 percent
     
    Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN
    20 percent
     
    Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN
    20 percent
     
    Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
    20 percent
     
    Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server device client access (CAL)
    20 percent
     
    Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server user CAL
    20 percent
    To take advantage of the Visual Studio discount, you must:
    1. Be a member of the Microsoft Partner Network and have one or more active competencies. Action Pack partners are not eligible for this offer.
    2. Contact your local reseller or visit the Microsoft Pinpoint online marketplace to find a reseller in your area.
    3. Request the special Visual Studio SKU from your local reseller. These SKUs are offered through the Open License, Open Value, and Open Value subscription programs in Microsoft Volume Licensing. Qualifying SKUs are marked “MPNCmptncyReq” (Microsoft competency required) to indicate that only partners with competencies are eligible to purchase them.
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