General Chat Thread, Technet Plus in General; Any one here got a subscription? Is it worth while? Did you pay for it yourself, or did your school ...
24th June 2009, 08:11 PM #1
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
24th June 2009, 08:23 PM #2
- Rep Power
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
24th June 2009, 08:28 PM #3
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.
24th June 2009, 09:25 PM #4
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.
Thanks to GrumbleDook from:
24th June 2009, 10:31 PM #5
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!
24th June 2009, 10:35 PM #6
Brilliant. I've moved the school up from the standard to the DVD version. School is paying for it.
Originally Posted by tmcd35
Thanks to ninjabeaver from:
25th June 2009, 08:28 AM #7
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.
25th June 2009, 09:57 AM #8
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!
Originally Posted by banjoman
I realise that I could search eBay but I'd like to be absolutely sure that the installation disks are genuine.
25th June 2009, 09:58 AM #9
Ten copies of all client OSes since DOS 6, one copy of each server OS.
Originally Posted by Ignatius
So it'll let you play with Windows 3.11 as well.
25th June 2009, 10:01 AM #10
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!
25th June 2009, 10:21 AM #11
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?
25th June 2009, 10:33 AM #12
Whats the cost of it?
I think I'll budget for it for next year.
25th June 2009, 10:34 AM #13
This is the OS category list from the TechNet download site:
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).
Compute Cluster Pack
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 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
Workgroups 3.11 (16-bit)
25th June 2009, 10:35 AM #14
25th June 2009, 10:36 AM #15
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
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