Just as well my Open Uni programme is still running
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?
From the linked website:
Basically a technet subscription allows you to use those products for testing and learning.IT Professionals can access full-version software for evaluating and supporting both enterprise and desktop environments
However I believe you're restricted to the latest version of some products - but I'm not 100% sure on which
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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