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technet sub worth it?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by rockstar6181, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. rockstar6181

    rockstar6181 Byte Poster

    I have been downloading the sw from microsoft.com and using it for the trial peroid - I am coming to the end of shortly and am weighing up as to getting a full subscription?

    Is office 2010 up there yet? - just checking how quick they put things up as I know thats quite new.

    Also for those you have it - do you think its worth the cost each yr? cheers
    Certifications: A/N+ MCSA 2003
  2. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    to answer you questions...

    yes.... virtually everything is up there, office 2010 has been up there since beta, before the public beta.

    and Yes worth every penny
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
    Certifications: Loads
    WIP: Lots
  3. LukeP

    LukeP Gigabyte Poster

    I agree!

    Worth every penny!
    WIP: Uhmm... not sure
  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    Absolutely worth it, I am on my 3rd years renewal now. I wouldn't be without it (I run all my test machines with the software downloaded from Technet and as far as current software goes, it pretty much has it all before the software goes GA (generally available).
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  5. DC Pr0Mo

    DC Pr0Mo Kilobyte Poster

    Certifications: MCDST | BSc Network Computing
    WIP: 70-291 | 70-293 | 70-294 | 70-297
  6. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

    I agree, I use it as well worth every penny to me!
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
  7. Rik

    Rik Nibble Poster

    It is worth every single penny!

    Do yourself a favour and subscribe!

    You will NOT regret it :)

    "Introducing Microsoft TechNet Subscription Professional

    Starting June 14th, 2010 TechNet Plus Direct will change its name to TechNet Subscription Professional. It’s still the same subscription with reliable, easy to access software you’re used to. You will still enjoy the same great benefits that are included in your subscription such as:
    • Access pre-release versions of Microsoft software before the general public
    • Evaluate full version software¹ without any time or feature limits in your own IT environment
    • 24/7 Online Concierge Chat to help you find the technical resources you need
    • Get technical questions resolved within 2 business days on Managed Forums
    • Select complimentary Microsoft E-Learning courses, demos and technical guidance through the TechNet library
    In addition, we’ve also made TechNet Subscriptions better-we’ve added Microsoft TechNet Subscription Standard, a new subscription offering tailored to IT Professionals that predominantly work on Desktop environments.

    Visit us on June 14th to see the new and improved TechNet Subscriptions. In the meantime, continue taking advantage of the great benefits you enjoy every day!"

    Theres a few changes so it might be worth waiting until the 14th June to see if there will be any offers :)
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2010
  8. Dubfire

    Dubfire Byte Poster

    Certifications: N+, 270.
    WIP: 291 then 284 for the MCSA.. ITIL...
  9. The_Rocker

    The_Rocker Bit Poster

    Certifications: BND: ICT | MCDST | MCP
  10. Dave_unemployed

    Dave_unemployed Nibble Poster

    Yes worth every penny!

    I was able to get 10-20% off by googling technet coupon
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP and MCDST
    WIP: 70-680
  11. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

    well i'm now wondering about the technet sub. Just had my parents offer to pay for it as ealry birthday present (birthday not till sept!) and as i passed teh 271 and plan to do 272, it might be worth it so i can prress from there. The question is do i get it now or do you think its worth waiting a week till teh changes are done and see if theres an offer? Is teh fee changing and what you get or is it just teh layout of the site and support etc?

    Another thing is do you need to be VAT registered and with your own company or can anyone do it?
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
    Certifications: Comptia A+, N+, MS 70-271, 70-272
    WIP: Being a BILB,
  12. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    my only quibble about it been a subscriber is i would like to see more training material especially windows 7 and 2008 r2 or even discounts for microsoft e-learning online training.
    Certifications: Loads
    WIP: Lots
  13. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    unless you haven't got xp or office 2003 you could do the 272 without it. Its more useful when you need to test different versions of software or keep up-to-date and future certification especially server related.

    dont forget once you have joined the price drops following years
    Certifications: Loads
    WIP: Lots
  14. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

    I've found it useful specifically for this reason, I haven't got Win XP running anywhere now and I've been using Office '07 at work and at home for ages. I also made the decision that its worth the purchase now so I can pile into the server stuff as soon as my MCDST is all done with (the fact I got in just before the Win7 discount vanished was of course also part of the decision!).
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10
  15. Simonvm

    Simonvm Kilobyte Poster

    Certifications: MCITP: EST, MCDST, MCTS, A+, N+, CCNP, CCNA Wireless
  16. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady


    If you also wait right till the last minute to renew you could also get someone from MS calling you personally. I did this and got 3 months added to my sub for free. :biggrin
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  17. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    What happens if your subscription lapses? I've got an Exchange exam on Friday then after that I'm having a 2 month break away from MS study and my Technet subscription ends. Will all my test lab's lock out the licence and if so when I subscribe again will I have to licence all the software again?
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  18. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    No, they don't time bomb on you, but legally, you're supposed to stop using them.

    I dunno what they do with your old license keys - whether the old ones can be activated or if you'd be assigned new ones upon resubscribing...
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  19. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    Cheers, suppose I'll just have to subscribe again in case they wipe all my keys.
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  20. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    I have heard that technet may be changing the key system so more keys can be issue, be more flexible yet stop piracy and users from breaking the TOS. I dont know how true this is.
    Certifications: Loads
    WIP: Lots

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