Inventory of pre-production environment

Visual Studio subscriptions simplify asset management by counting users rather than devices.

Visual Studio administrators must assign Visual Studio Subscriptions to specific, named individuals. Naming conventions such as Dev1, Dev2, or the use of team names such as "FeatureTeam" are not allowed.

Here are some ways to simplify taking inventory of your pre-production environment:

  • Review your user assignments. Microsoft provides a website called the Visual Studio Administration Portal to help you track Visual Studio subscription assignments.
  • Use your on-premise or cloud-based Active Directory to list users. If you use Active Directory to manage user access, you may be able to identify development and test users by their directory membership.
  • Use automated tools to inventory systems. You may also need to use a software inventory tool to help manage your software assets and distinguish pre-production environments from production ones. Many customers with Microsoft System Center create naming conventions to help automate this part of the inventory process.
  • Get help with manual reconciliation. Enlist your staff to help reconcile your development and test users with your development and test environment.

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