July 06, 2006
TFS Top Tip #7 - Determine when TFS Trial Edition will expire
Like a lot of early adopters, we installed the Team Foundation Server 180–day trial edition so that we could use is right away while we were waiting for our TFS license key.
Anyway, if you want to know what the installation date of your TFS server is then the easiest way is to type the following command in a Visual Studio 2005 command prompt:-
tf changeset 1 /server:http://servername:8080 /noprompt
Where servername is your TFS instance. I get the following result:-
Date: 20 February 2006 19:57:54
During the installation, Team Foundation Server creates the root branch of the source tree and this is the first changeset on your system. If you add 180 days to this date then you get when your trial will expire.
Now, in my case it is even more confusing. I installed the Release Candidate of TFS on February 20th, and then upgraded to the 180–day trial edition of TFS on March 21st. A fact that I can tell from my installation log file located on the Team Foundation Server in the following directory:-
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server\Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server - ENU\Logs
Which date will be used for the expiry of my server? Well at the moment I have no idea, so I am assuming the earlier of these dates will be used just in case…
However, for most people who went straight to the 180–day trial, the command at the top of this post will give them the date of initial install.Posted by Martin at July 6, 2006 11:31 AM