When you purchase Software Assurance along with your software purchases from Microsoft, you get Deployment Planning Services" credits. These credits can be spent on deployment planning training/consulting on all manner of Microsoft software. This is nothing new. What's new is that Microsoft now have some developer tools offerings that you can spend your credits on.
These offerings are primarily designed for enterprises undertaking large scale or involved deployments (high availability, broad feature set, migration from other tools, etc). They are a safety net to make sure you have easy access to resources to ensure you know how to be successful with the transition," expained Microsft.
The Redmond softwae company recently rolled out 3 offerings:
- Team Foundation Server Deployment Assessment - This is a five-day assessment that provides a detailed overview of the steps required for a successful deployment of Team Foundation Server 2010.
- Visual SourceSafe Migration Assessment - This is a three-day engagement that provides a detailed overview of the steps required to migrate from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server 2010.
- Visual Studio Quality Tools Deployment Assessment - This is a five-day assessment that provides a plan to simplify and streamline test planning and manual test execution processes by utilizing Team Foundation Server 2010 with Test Professional 2010.
Here's the number of points you get for some of the VS SKUs:
Points per License
Visual Studio Ultimate + MSDN
Visual Studio Premium + MSDN
Visual Studio Pro + MSDN
And here's what the assessments cost (in points). Remember though, you can use points from any of your SA agreements (not just VS ones):
Deployment Points Needed
TFS Deployment Assessment
Visual SourceSafe Migration Assessment
Visual Studio Quality Tools Assessment
Get started with this VLSC Planning Services Demo:
Check out Microsoft Volume Licensing portal for more info on how to cash in on your points.