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Enable VS Community activation/registration offline

It would be nice if there was a way to register/activate the Community Edition of VS offline, that one can use it (longer than 30 days) on virtual machines without internet access or PC that cannot access the Internet.
There's a way to install it on machines like those discribed above using the "/layout"-Option of the setup on another PC to then install it on the offline PC afterwards, but then there isn't an option to register/activate that copy of VS.
For example let us download a license file for the community edition in addition to signing into a Microsoft-Account or give us the option of using VS Community without registration of activation entirely.

Thanks :)

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    DrNochi shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for the feedback and the suggestion about Community edition.

    This may not be the answer that you want to hear, but we do require occasional online connectivity as a requirement of using Visual Studio Community. As you probably know, we introduced Visual Studio Community two years ago as a free, full-featured development environment designed for students, open source contributors, small companies, startups and individual developers.

    While we set out to try and make Community as broadly available as possible, we recognize that it doesn’t accommodate every scenario. For those who need offline usage, Professional and Enterprise editions might be a better choice.

    Since we’re not able to accommodate this request, we are closing this suggestion to return your votes. While we can’t address all suggestions, we appreciate the feedback and hope you’ll continue to share your ideas.

    Thanks,

    Visual Studio Team

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      • Jon McRae commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please let us use your CE. Turn off this foobared online registration!

        Otherwise your CE is 100% useless.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I already registered vs2015 when I had internet, now visual studio says my registration is "stale" and I have to do it again. I no longer have internet so visual studio now shuts down and I have to use the command line compiler (that still works). If visual studio is free then the internet requirement must be spyware or it makes no sense.

      • Mary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft please provide Community Edition that does not require online registration. We cannot use it either. Your requirement to have Internet access to register your CE leaves it unusable in any modern secured environment.

        Thank you.

      • Brad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        MS should not allow easy registration of their CE. Keep it near impossible as it is now and let the real programmers do what we need to do. The CE would allow more to easily develop applications. This would effect the professional developers livelihood.

        Keep the CE exactly like it is now making it as difficult as possible to register.

      • dotNetRulez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What good is a Kommunity Edition if you cant use it!

        You down load it. SFTP it to a network segment where your dev systems are and 30 days later it has to have Internet connectivity to register! Did ANYONE at MS think this through!

        Dudes come on!

        Get
        Rid
        of
        Online
        Registration
        Now!

        Please!

      • Edward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        They dont seem to want people to actually use the VS Community Edition.

      • Laurent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't beleive they REALLY did that... My dev PC has no Internet connexion, I got VS Community 2015 ISO from another PC, just installed it to give it a try... to finally realize I wouldn't be able to use it because it needs an ONLINE activation...

        Why not make it CLEAR (with a "I understood" box to check) when downloading the offline package ?

        I can't beleive it...

      • MichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sometimes I wonder if MS have done demographics research on those that do demographics research research for them.

        My point: The issue is clear. The solution is clear. What most of the industry does with CE versions is not an error (provide them unrestricted).

        Microsoft, please allow people to use your CE.

        At worst more people will use VS\.Net. At best more people will register the full version.

      • LisaE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Me too. I cant use it. Please allow offline reg or get rid of the need in a Community Edition.

        Thank you.

      • Ed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        MICROSOFT HELLO!!!

        We cant use your community edition if it requires Internet access to register it.

      • Jill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Could we please be allowed to use your community edition?

        In our environment too, we have no way to register it.

        Thank you.

      • Jon McRae commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I certainly would not mind is Microsoft actually letting us use the VS community edition. I'm like most of you - no chance of Internet access to my dev PC (to reg a CE) in my company.

        What the heck kinda "Community" they serving? Seems like one without any developers!

      • dotNetRulez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since I have been out of college I have not worked in a place that allows direct Internet access from development systems. Who still allows that?

        Come on dog - let us use .Net\VB Community Editions!

      • MichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The reality is because of real-world security constraints a significant portion of us in Fortune 200, DOD and DOE environments will never be able to use\explore VS Community editions unless they dump all the registration shenanigans.

        Leaves us wondering who the Community Editions and Open Source efforts are meant to be for as they dont comply with any demographic that is meaningful. Is that by design?

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