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    Microsoft relents - Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 are on TechNet Plus NOW

    Hat tip to Ars Technica: Microsoft relents: MSDN and TechNet will get Windows 8.1 early after all | Ars Technica

    Microsoft has heard the response and has changed its mind. Its new policy is the old policy: MSDN and TechNet subscribers will get immediate access to Windows 8.1 for testing and development purposes. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will be available to download now, and volume license versions of Windows 8.1 will be made available by the end of September. The company does warn that it is continuing to develop the online services that Windows 8.1 uses, so the software will not deliver the full, final experience just yet.
    So we can't deploy just yet due to the VL editions not being available, but if you have a TechNet Plus sub (which you get with EES), you can grab some testing copies now without having to resort to BitTorrent. I'm downloading now. TechNet may be being killed off, but we still get some use out of it before they put it out to pasture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    we can't deploy just yet due to the VL editions not being available
    The VL editions are being released on 18/10/2013.

    Q: Will volume licensees get the enterprise SKU only? Or also Win 8.1 core and Win 8.1 Pro?
    A: At GA (October 18), customers can access VLSC to get Windows 8.1 Enterprise and 8.1 Pro. Windows 8.1 (core) will not be available on VLSC but is available via MSDN in advance of GA.
    Source: ZDNet

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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM Now Available to Volume License Customers

    Beginning today, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will now have access to Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM. This also includes access for Volume License (VL) customers with an active Software Assurance (SA) agreement, as you receive a TechNet subscription as part of SA.

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    So what happens when our technet subscriptions run out? Are they going to stop giving us this stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmak View Post
    So what happens when our TechNet subscriptions run out?
    You'll have to wait until Microsoft adds the ISOs to the VLSC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmak View Post
    So what happens when our technet subscriptions run out? Are they going to stop giving us this stuff?
    pass but in preperation ive grabbed every code i can that looks useful

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    Well the Enterprise bits are up but only with MAK keys, so still need to wait for the KMS key next month before we can think about a full deploy. At least we can start on the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    Well the Enterprise bits are up but only with MAK keys, so still need to wait for the KMS key next month before we can think about a full deploy. At least we can start on the image.
    When I login to VLSC I can see the KMS keys for both 8.1 and 2012 R2.

    @AngryTechnician. Does yours not look like the screenshot below?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    Well the Enterprise bits are up but only with MAK keys, so still need to wait for the KMS key next month before we can think about a full deploy. At least we can start on the image.
    as its a free upgrade from 8 wont 8 vlk keys work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    as its a free upgrade from 8 wont 8 vlk keys work?
    I don't it but not sure. I don't know if w8 keys work as ms in the past required you to do an upgrade not a fresh install which needs a 8.1 key. Things could be different since 8.1 is free but I doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    When I login to VLSC I can see the KMS keys for both 8.1 and 2012 R2.
    I didn't even think to check VLSC. So we've got the ISOs on TechNet but the keys on VLSC. I see Microsoft's left hand is still not really talking to the right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    as its a free upgrade from 8 wont 8 vlk keys work?
    I can confirm they don't installed 8.1 enterprise as a vhd on a pc in a school and even though the kms server is 2012 and has lots of win7 activations (including this pc as win7) it says no. So I wonder if you need a 2012r2/8.1 kms server or if there is a patch?

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    Wish I found this thread sooner...been waiting patiently until 18th October to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise & Server 2012 R2 and they have been on TechNet for a couple of weeks! And our VLSC has the appropriate MAK/KMS keys listed too.

    Downloading ISOs ready to install later!

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    nope I still have no keys for 8.1 on vlsc its not even listed as a product

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    nope I still have no keys for 8.1 on vlsc its not even listed as a product
    I have keys on VLSC but no where to download the ISOs.

    Does anyone have any information on how Work Folders work? Looks like it will be useful but cant find any information on setting it up

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