Team Foundation Server Pricing
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Team Foundation Server 2018 Licensing
To license TFS 2018, you’ll need a TFS server license and a Windows operating system license (Windows Server is best) for each machine running TFS, plus a client access license for each person connecting to TFS. Client access licenses (CALs) aren’t required for people who just access work items – assign them “Stakeholder” access, which is free.
Extensions to TFS such as Test Manager, Package Management, and Private Pipelines require an additional purchase. Some TFS Extensions are included with Visual Studio Enterprise subscriptions and many others are free. Paid extensions can also be purchased monthly, no Visual Studio subscription is required.
No need to make a 3-year purchasing commitment for TFS—you can pay month-to-month and cancel any time. Here’s how:
- Buy at least one Visual Studio subscription for the server license: Visual Studio subscriptions include a server license for TFS, plus a TFS CAL for the subscriber. We now offer month-to-month subscriptions for both Visual Studio Professional ($45/month) and Visual Studio Enterprise ($250/month).
- Buy VSTS for TFS CALs. When you buy VSTS users (starting at $6/month), those same users have a TFS CAL and can connect to any TFS in your organization. If those users also need TFS extensions like Test Manager or Package Management, or if you need additional Private Pipelines for your team, you can purchase these through the Visual Studio Marketplace. All VSTS charges are month-to-month. See detailed instructions.
- Run TFS in a Windows Server VM on Azure: Windows Server VMs include the Windows Server licensing costs, providing a flexible way for you to choose the right size VM for your TFS performance needs and pay monthly for this usage.
The best part of modern purchasing is that you’re already buying VSTS, so you can move to the cloud when you’re ready.
Migrate from TFS to VSTS
Follow the step by step migration guide to import your entire TFS database so your team can always be on the latest version in VSTS and take advantage of the many developer services available with VSTS.
If you prefer to purchase or renew traditional software licenses for TFS, no problem. You can place an order through your Microsoft software reseller to get the server license and CALs that you need. Typically, this will be the same reseller from whom you purchase Office, Windows Server, SQL Server, and other Microsoft software licenses. If you have not purchased Microsoft software before, we recommend that you find a software reseller locally, and then request the following part numbers:
Team Foundation Server – new server license: 125-00214 (this is the Open License part number; search for it online)
Team Foundation Server – new client access license for one user: 126-00371 (this is the Open License part number; search for it online)
For more details on classic purchasing, please review the Visual Studio licensing white paper.