Buy access to Azure Test Plans

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For Azure DevOps Server, you pay per user for Basic features. Users with Visual Studio subscriptions are free to add because Basic features are included in their subscription as a benefit. It's also free to add users with Stakeholder access, which provides free access to a limited set of features.

Buy monthly access, rather than a Visual Studio subscription or Azure DevOps Server Client Access License (CAL). With paid monthly access, users have access to both Azure DevOps Services and Azure DevOps Server. Users aren't required to use Azure DevOps Services, though.

For more information about the requirements to access Azure Test Plans, see Change access levels. For more information about licensing, see the pricing page. To configure costs for Azure DevOps, see the pricing calculator.

Prerequisites

  • You must be a member of the Team Foundation Administrators group. The person who installed Azure DevOps Server gets automatically added to this group. For more information, see Add or remove a team administrator.

Buy users monthly access to Azure DevOps Server

  1. Create an organization, if you don't have one already.

    You can use Azure DevOps Server features, like Basic or Azure Test Plans up to your total entitlements across Visual Studio subscription purchases, Azure DevOps Server CALs, and paid users in Azure DevOps.

  2. Based on your total entitlements, pay for Basic users in your organization.

    Free users can't access Azure DevOps Server. So, add five Basic users who won't use your server, to ensure everyone else has paid monthly access.

    Users get invited to your organization, but aren't required to use Azure DevOps.

  3. As the Azure DevOps Server Administrator, add these same users to Azure DevOps Server. Assign user access levels.

    Note

    Azure DevOps Server doesn't detect what happens in Azure DevOps Services. Add these users to Azure DevOps Server and assign them the Basic access level. If you stop paying for these users within your organization, your administrator should remove them from Azure DevOps Server or buy them an Azure DevOps Server CAL.

Buy users monthly access to Azure Test Plans

  1. Create an organization, if you don't have one already.

  2. Based on the number of users who need Azure Test Plans access in Azure DevOps Server, pay for Basic + Test Plan users in your organization.

    These users get invited to your organization, but aren't required to use Azure DevOps Services. By assigning Basic + Test Plans, your users can also run Visual Studio Test Professional 2015 or 2017.

    Note

    Invited users must sign in to Visual Studio Test Professional with the same credentials that they used to join your organization.

  3. As the Azure DevOps Server Administrator, add these same users. Give users Basic + Test Plans access so they can use Azure Test Plans.

    Test Plans installs automatically in Azure DevOps Server.

  1. Create an organization, if you don't have one already.

  2. Based on the number of users who need Azure Test Plans access in Azure DevOps Server, buy paid access.

    Test Plans installs automatically in Azure DevOps Server.

  3. Add users to your organization. Assign them Basic + Test Plans access so you can track them.

  4. As the Azure DevOps Server administrator, add these same users. Give them Advanced access so they can use Azure Test Plans.

    Note

    Azure DevOps Server doesn't detect what happens in Azure DevOps Services.

    If you stop paying for these users, your administrator should remove those users from Azure DevOps Server.

FAQs

Q: Why should I pay via Azure DevOps Services for my Azure DevOps Server users?

A: You get many benefits paying via Azure DevOps Services, for example:

  • Users have the flexibility to access both Azure DevOps Server and Azure DevOps Services for the same price.
  • You can pay monthly for users who need temporary access.
  • You get all the purchasing capabilities that Azure offers like payment via credit card, through a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner, through the Enterprise Agreement, and more.

Q: Where can I learn more about access levels for Azure Test Plans?

A: See Change access levels.

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