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    Just as well my Open Uni programme is still running

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    For full time students/educational establishments and software development startups respectively
    hence the may be eligible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Bout £289 from Microsoft, though you might be able to find discount codes online: TechNet Subscription Professional - Buy from Microsoft Store UK

    Still be far cheaper than individual licensing, plus lets you try out some of the spangly high-end stuff.


    A single TechNet subscription is £167.10. I've just received my renewal notice for January 2011

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    Quote Originally Posted by kili View Post
    A single TechNet subscription is £167.10. I've just received my renewal notice for January 2011
    Yeah, thats a renewal price, not a new subscription, which is more expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Yeah, thats a renewal price, not a new subscription, which is more expensive
    Lol.. you cant when the b***ards have got you at every turn

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    So, let me get this straight, if I pay circa £300, I get full versions of the software I want to use for 'evaluation' purposes? In truth, I guess, I am not 'evaluating' the software per se, I will be using it for 'personal progression' and would want it to do what it would otherwise do in a production/enterprise environment, but at home, and on an ongoing basis at that! So long as I keep up a Technet subscription, I presume it is OK to continue in this way?

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    From the linked website:

    IT Professionals can access full-version software for evaluating and supporting both enterprise and desktop environments
    Basically a technet subscription allows you to use those products for testing and learning.

    However I believe you're restricted to the latest version of some products - but I'm not 100% sure on which

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    Assuming a familiarity with the Win2k3/XP environment this page Windows Server 2008 R2: What's New proved a useful jumping off point.

    In terms of learning resource it depending on your learning style. Personally I dislike the training books.
    Instead I consider the Resource Kits (W7 and Win2k8 Exchange) and also the latest edition of Windows Internals to be infinitely more useful.

    For Exchange I found Exchange Server 2007 Implementation and Administration (McBee+Craig, Sybex) one of the best techincal books I've ever bought.

    I then use VMWare Fusion (on a macbook) to run a virtual network, their forums contain all the information required to make customisations to the virtual environment to test various feature of Windows)

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