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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.


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  • Larry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The rest of the planet views Open Source as...OPEN. Non-restrictive. Non-obtrusive. Fully functional as-is. Ready for prime-time production environments, i.e. not a toy version. That is the nature of the movement.

    We'd all be grateful if you (Microsoft) aligned with this rather than re-present it in your way. Lets us use the CE unrestricted please. As it stands we cannot use it.


  • Jon McRae commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Me too. I cant use it at all in any meaningful place with its current registration options.

  • MichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same here. It would be nice to use VSCE but many\most cannot use it in a modern secure computer environment.


  • Jill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ditto. Please allow us to use VS Community edition in environments that cannot have Internet access.

  • Ed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd love to test if VS Community could be a viable option for us. Cant understand why we cant register this offline.

    I concur. There are many environments where systems are not allowed Internet access and thus no chance to register. Even to place a system temporarily on the Internet would violate the security constraints in place.

  • LisaE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Its is a huge over-site on "Open Source" and CE editions not to allow registering them without a connection to the Internet. In today's environments (PCI, CIS, SSAE16, TS/SCI etc.) it is a breach of security to place most servers in a DMZ that has Internet access.

    Kinda takes the "Community" out of "Community Edition".

    Why not make it truly Open Source rather than trying to re-invent Open Source in a myopic way. Put out versions that dont need to be registered.


  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When VS 2015 Community is deployed on a PC without internet connection available, developer should have an option to activate via local server. Local server should be connected to internet of course and should have some kind of a software (technology similar to WSUS for example)

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