Q: As a Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN and Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN subscriber, where
can I get the Release-to-Web (RTW) version of Lab Management and when can I start using this functionality?
Answer: Active Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN and Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN subscribers can
follow these simple steps to get the RTW version of Lab Management
1- Log into MSDN Subscriber Download.
2- Navigate to “Developer Tools” and then click on “Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management Deployment Guide” and
3-follow the instructions from the guidance document to set up Lab Management.
Q: In the SCVMM download details, why are there two hyperlinks? Which version of SCVMM should I download?
Answer: With this change in approach, Microsoft licensing documents are in the process of being updated to allow use of SCVMM
by Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers as part of the
Lab Management functionality. The licensing changes are expected to be in place at the start of October, at which time all
subscribers can download and install the full version of SCVMM available from MSDN Subscriber Downloads. In the interim,
you may choose to evaluate SCVMM using the trial download link provided, or using the full version from MSDN Subscriber
Downloads if your Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement provides evaluation use terms (such as through the Enterprise
Agreement or Select programs). Retail subscribers may have these rights earlier than October.
Q: Does my Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN and/or Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN subscription
include System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (SCVMM)? What are the usage rights of SCVMM under this
Answer: SCVMM 2008 R2 will be included as part of your Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate or Visual Studio Test Professional 2010
MSDN Subscription. You may use SCVMM 2008 R2 solely for development and testing use rights as described in your Visual
Studio Ultimate with MSDN or Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN Subscription EULAs. This allows you to use
SCVMM 2008 R2 for creating/configuring/removing virtual machines to use in development and testing scenarios allowed
by these licenses.
Q: What happens if my Ultimate or Test Professional with MSDN subscription lapses – do I lose access to Lab
Management or are the rights perpetual?
Answer: Since Lab Management is now effectively a benefit for Ultimate with MSDN and Test Professional with MSDN subscribers,
the “perpetual” use rights for it are the same as that of the respective MSDN subscription. However, the ability to download
new or updated software version and product keys ends when the MSDN Subscription expires. An expired subscriber can
only use software that was available during the subscription term for the subscription level purchased. See MSDN Licensing
for more details.
Q: Can I use my MSDN Subscription for the operating systems running on the Lab Management guest VM’s? Can I also use my MSDN Subscription for the operating systems hosting the Lab Management VM’s?
Answer: Yes, in both cases, as long as the usage is strictly for development and testing of your applications
Q: Does my SCVMM administrator need Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN or Visual Studio Test Professional 2010
with MSDN in order to administer my SCVMM deployment for Lab Management?
Q: How does Lab Management support VMware?
Answer: Today, you can already create environments on the VMware platform and do your testing on those environments using
Visual Studio 2010 testing tools, just like you can create environments that are based on physical machines. However, Lab
Management features such as snapshots and self-service creation of environments are currently only supported on Hyper-V
using SCVMM 2008 R2. We have not made plans to extend the support of these additional features to VMware at this point.
Q. What additional resources exist to help me educate my customers about Lab Management?
Answer: The following resources are available for you today to help customers understand Lab Management and deploy it.