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We have purchased the MS Action pack and used the provided licenses to set up a small network for our small business.  This consists of a single Windows 2008 Server using Hyper-V to host  four Windows 2008 Virtual Servers and two Windows 2008 business clients.

This is our first time setting up a network and up to now we have been using AVG (free) for client virus/spyware protection.  This appears not to be an option for our servers so we are considering the Forefront solution which we have received licenses for in the Aciton Pack.

My question is whether Forefront is a suitable solution for the three physical and four virtual machines I have described above.  Does anyone know if the action pack licenses and software covers us to deploy forefront as a solution?
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by:jfer0x01
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Hello,

According to

https://partner.microsoft.com/Thailand/program/managemembership/actionpack/mapscontents

and

http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid192_gci1283679,00.html?track=sy201

no, it seems the action pack is for testing beds only, not production environments

the action pack is under scrutiny from MS because it is abused to by end users

Jfer

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by:canuckconsulting
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Hi and thanks for the feedback.

We are also allowed to use the software internally within our office.  I spoke with MS support prior to purchasing the pack to confirm this.  Could you please provide a link regarding the Action Pack being under scrutiny?  

Given that I am comfortable that our internal usage of the Action Pack is within the bounds of the MS agreement any help with the original question would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Scott
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by:jfer0x01
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Sure

http://www.crn.com/software/201201924

it seems MS Business Partners are improperly selling Action Packs to clients

Jfer
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by:canuckconsulting
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Hello,

That article was from 2007; they have already implemented those changes which we met in order to qualify for the subscription.  The article indicates MS were unhappy the Action Packs were being sold on to clients which is not relevant to us.

Any help regarding Forefront would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Scoott
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jfer0x01 earned 1500 total points
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Hello,

in regards to your original question, yes

according to

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb404259.aspx

what you are proposing is a 3 physical server and 4 virtual servers, correct?

If so, name uniqueness is the only concern

Hope this helps

Jfer
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any updates?
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Hi  and sorry for the delay closing this.  Thank you for your help!
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