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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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      • Christo Janse van Rensburg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Only M$ can somehow "open source" something and/or make something "free" with the added string of a dependency on having to sign into a specific server to be able to actually use it... thanks but buzz off

      • Peter North commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "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" - either way would be good for me. My development machine is offline (behind an impenetrable fire wall); no developer has installation authority on the machines freely connected to the internet.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A great way to turn budding new talent away from VS before they even get in the door.

      • HMan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What I find truly interesting is that almost 90% of all the signatories here spent about 500 pages on the VB6 thread saying how much they hate .NET. Yet now they want a CE without activation for use in a corporate environment with high security. Please....

        The activation is really not a hassle at all in ANY environment, and you do NOT need to be connected all the time once it's activated. You only need to activate it once a year.

        You people are a disgrace. You get free stuff and you want to return it. Shut up and enjoy what you have. You are not supposed to use CE in a corporate environment anyways. Just buy the Professional Edition. Your company got money, you just said you are PCI, SSAE, and ISO compliant.

      • Edward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wonder if MS will ever offer real Open Source or CE edition. One that does not require all these registration shenanigans.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Visual Studio Community is not free! Microsoft, pleas that word "Free" from all your sites because it is a lie.

      • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I need offline activation too. I'm stuck and cannot develop anymore... :(

      • Mary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I sure would not mind trying the VSCommunity Edition but like most everyone else - no chance!

        Our development systems are on a segment that is not Internet facing (like most everyone else in a modern IT environment). So we have no chance to register it.

        Please fix that MS. Thanks.

      • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        well, it would have been a great tool for my studies at the university...back to eclipse XD

      • gifom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I do strongly dislike and try to avoid any software which requires activation and registration. I do also strongly advise the same for my students. Online registration/activation is against the meaning of the word Free. Microsoft again got it wrong and used dirty trick by saying it is Free, obviously it is NOT, it Forces You to register with Microsoft, it Forces You to connect periodically to Microsoft servers. Microsoft uses Your data for its commercial purposes. Microsoft please remove the word "Free" from all Your pages where this product is presented, because obviously this is not the case of the truly Free software.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Requiring to register the free version of Visual Studio is pointless in some way. This is a free version, isn't it? So why complicate our life?

      • Jon McRae commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Could we PLEASE have a community version that allows us to use it!

        MS WE CANT REGISTER THIS THING IF WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PUT OUR PC ON THE INTERNET!

        I wish it was 1995 again and everyone had unrestricted access to the Internet...but its not.

      • MichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is interesting that Oracle is now offering ADF, their version of a VB like IDE and RAD code environment, free. It is called: Oracle ADF Essentials. The reasons (below) are what is interesting. I think they are targeting the .Net CE limitations.

        Here is a snippet from their website:

        Why is Oracle offering Oracle ADF Essentials for Free?
        Oracle ADF Essentials is aimed at removing licensing barriers
        for adoption of the Oracle ADF technologies. With the ability
        to leverage the Oracle ADF functionality for production
        applications without incurring a license fee as well as the
        ability to deploy to open-source servers, more developers can
        adopt Oracle ADF as the base for their applications. Oracle
        believes that increased use of Oracle ADF can also help the
        adoption and usage of Java in enterprise applications.

        ...this while MS still strictly enforce registration of their "Community" editions. Maybe this is yet ANOTHER nudge to get them to truly make the CE free and Open Source.

        MS the Open Source industry is speaking...knock knock???

      • MichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is interesting that Oracle is now offering ADF, their version of a VB like IDE and RAD code environment, free. It is called: Oracle ADF Essentials. The reasons (below) are what is interesting. I think they are targeting the .Net CE limitations.

        Here is a snippet from their website:

        Why is Oracle offering Oracle ADF Essentials for Free?
        Oracle ADF Essentials is aimed at removing licensing barriers
        for adoption of the Oracle ADF technologies. With the ability
        to leverage the Oracle ADF functionality for production
        applications without incurring a license fee as well as the
        ability to deploy to open-source servers, more developers can
        adopt Oracle ADF as the base for their applications. Oracle
        believes that increased use of Oracle ADF can also help the
        adoption and usage of Java in enterprise applications.

        ...this while MS still strictly enforce registration of their "Community" editions. Maybe this is yet ANOTHER nudge to get them to truly make the CE free and Open Source.

        MS the Open Source industry is speaking...knock knock???

      • Ed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Activation is highly less than desirable in a very open source world!

      • Ed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Activation is highly less than desirable in a very open source world!

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