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    Technet Plus

    Any one here got a subscription? Is it worth while? Did you pay for it yourself, or did your school pay for you?

    Just wondering as I was browsing the site and got tempted by all the glossy advertising

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    We subscribe to Technet, and its a good resource, you have access to every microsoft product, and thier technical forum, this is great for research and development.
    You also get two free technical support calls, so far we've not needed to use them but its nice to know theres a little safety net!

    Well worth the money I say

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    Ditto - Technet Plus here. We used to pay for it as a direct purchase out of school funds, but now as part of our SA benefits.

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    The 2 free (ie included in the price) tech support calls are worth it alone!

    And the access to heaps of software for testing purposes, the technical forum ...

    Another big thumbs up here.

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    Paid for it myself for the fact that I get access to the 2 technical support calls which are massively worth it!!! Not only that, the renewal costs being 1/3 cheaper at the end of the 1st year also worth it. And you get everything they have done, again, big bonus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Any one here got a subscription? Is it worth while? Did you pay for it yourself, or did your school pay for you?

    Just wondering as I was browsing the site and got tempted by all the glossy advertising
    Brilliant. I've moved the school up from the standard to the DVD version. School is paying for it.

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    Used to have a subscription which I paid for myself and was definitely worth it, now on an MSDN license paid for by the company and equally worthwhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjoman View Post
    .... you have access to every microsoft product ...
    I've been looking for original W98, W2K, XP Pro SP1, XP Pro SP2 etc. installation disks for testing and educational purposes. I'm interested in security and want to see how the security of the various products has changed as the operating systems progressed. Do you mean that these are all available with a Technet subscription? If so, I'll put my hand into my pocket!

    I realise that I could search eBay but I'd like to be absolutely sure that the installation disks are genuine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius View Post
    I've been looking for original W98, W2K, XP Pro SP1, XP Pro SP2 etc. installation disks for testing and educational purposes. I'm interested in security and want to see how the security of the various products has changed as the operating systems progressed. Do you mean that these are all available with a Technet subscription? If so, I'll put my hand into my pocket!
    Ten copies of all client OSes since DOS 6, one copy of each server OS.

    So it'll let you play with Windows 3.11 as well.

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    I think I remember seeing it go back all the way to the DOS OS's, I loved the little niblet we got through that cockup their end. Managed to get a few bits of software that were interesting.

    Think we've just bought it here, looking forward to having a play!

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    Thanks guys. The OS availability (back to DOS/Win3.11?) sure does sound interesting. The only question know is how to pay for it. I think I can find a hole in my IT budget but I need to pay via PO. Anyone know of a company selling Technet Plus Direct subscription that'll accept PO's and 30 day invoicing from schools?

    Cheers
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    Whats the cost of it?

    I think I'll budget for it for next year.

    Ben

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    This is the OS category list from the TechNet download site:

    Code:
    Compute Cluster Pack
    MS-DOS
    Small Business Server 2003
    Small Business Server 2003 R2
    Windows 3.1 (16-bit)
    Windows 3.11 (16-bit)
    Windows 3.2 (16-bit)
    Windows 7
    Windows Advanced Server
    Windows CE DirectX Kit
    Windows CE Toolkit Visual C++ 6.0
    Windows Essential Business Server 2008
    Windows Home Server
    Windows Internet Explorer 7
    Windows Internet Explorer 8
    Windows Server 2003
    Windows Server 2003 R2
    Windows Server 2008
    Windows Server 2008 R2
    Windows Services for UNIX 1.0
    Windows Services for UNIX 2.0
    Windows Services for UNIX 3.0
    Windows Services for UNIX 3.5
    Windows Small Business Server 2008
    Windows Storage Server 2008
    Windows Vista
    Windows XP
    Workgroups 3.11 (16-bit)
    While it does go back to DOS it seems to exclude some versions of Windows (Unless I've missed something, which is entirely possible as I only just got access).

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    Microsoft recommended resellers -

    TechNet Plus - Where to buy - EMEA Resellers

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Whats the cost of it?

    I think I'll budget for it for next year.

    Ben
    M$'s website says about 300 notes then 1/3 off for renewed subscriptions. There's also a version, about 500, where they post the DVD's out to you. I'd rather save money and download what I need

    Just need to work out how to get the 300 from by budget to M$...

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