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purchase msdn

Posted on 2008-06-20
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Hi,

My friend works at a big company and they have msdn license where he can do lots of testing with any MS O/S.  For example, if he wants to install Server 2003 as a proof of concept he can download the iso file, burn and do his testing.  Where can I purchase a similar msdn license so I can do testing of my own?  Mostly I just want different O/S and don't care much about any other MS product like office or visual studio.

Bryan
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MSDN is available but expensive - you could try "Action Pack" instead https://partner.microsoft.com/40013779
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We have an MSDN subscription and find it invaluable.

Try this:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/aa718656.aspx
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KCTS is right, a MSDN sub is not cheap, but you pretty much get access to everything that MS develops.
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Don't get me wrong - MSDN is great - I have a subscription myself, but for individuals the cost is prohibative, the action pack is much more affordable for individuals and SMEs- and you get pretty much everything except volume licences.
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I went to the site and saw some O/S in the list, but I don't see Windows Server 2003 R2.  Does Action Pack come with MS Server 2003 R2 and other O/S?

I saw Small Business Server 2003 R2, but I'm worried it might not be the same.
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2003 R2 Standard server is also in the pack
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Hi,

I went to the following page to sign up.  However, it seems like only a company can do it.  Can I do it on a personal basis and pay the fees myself?  Am I at the wrong web page?

https://partner.microsoft.com/US/program/managemembership/newenrollment
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It costs £200 approx $400. Its aimed at SMEs but its available for anyone including self-employed consultants, developers etc.
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Thanks for all your help.
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