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Windows 7 Lisences for testing?

I'm a system administrator for a smallish company and looking to install Windows 7 on a VMware VM to test software.  However, we dont have any spare licenses.  Can you get licenses for testing purposes from MS?

Currently we only have OEM
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1) You would not be able to install your OEM licenses on a VM. You need special licenses for VMs, or Win 7 Enterprise

2) Install is and use the evaluation period without entering any CD key at all, you have 30 days.
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You can download windows 7 entr trial version to test your software.

http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/evalcenter/cc442495




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You need to get a TechNet Plus Direct subscription.  The licenses there are for testing and evaluation but are not time limited and include multiple copies of Windows client and server operating systems.  Cost is between $250 and $350 if I remember correctly.
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you have to buy a MSDN subscription to get licenses to test. But alternatively you can install it without a license and you get 30 days to activate. Since your using VMware, if your using vSphere you can create a template of an OS and after the 30 days is done delete the old and recreate anew from the template.
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You can download the enterprise version from the m$ technet site and use it for a trial period (I think that is 30 days). You can extend that trial period 3x using the command slmgr /rearm from a cmd prompt you started as administrator. After that you would have to reinstall the OS, but for testing purposes this should normally be fine. Just don't enter any activation code when installing the OS.

If you have other Windows 7 installation media you can also use those, just don't enter any activation code.
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You would not buy MSDN unless you're a developer.  Technet is more than suitable.

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I've started the downloaded from http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/evalcenter/cc442495

you said vSphere can create a template. I can copy the ISO to the datastore and set the installation going, at what point do i create the template so the trial days dont count down?

I found the technet subscription. are the prices annual, its not clear on the website ? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/subscriptions/buy.aspx

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Technet subscriptions are annual, yes.

Create the template after you install the OS, integration tools and configure w/e you like.

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Thanks for your help guys.  After you install the OS, doesn't start the trial ticking? Which integration tools are you referring to?

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Yes, as soon as the installation is finished it starts the 30 days. I was refering to VMWare integration tools.

So install the system, imidiatelly after that is done, install the Integration tools, do any config you would like to be present in all the VMs deployed by the template and imidiatelly create the template.
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Even if the trial countdown starts ticking, you would loose 30 days at the most, since you can rearm it for another 30 days once the time has run out. Also, once the time has run out that doesn't mean it will be unusable. The system will just do automatic shutdowns after about an hours use.

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Im also certified in "Microsoft Small Business server 2008 administrator" and "Microsoft MCITP (the new MCSA) Windows 2008 Server Administrator".  does that count for anything from microsoft?
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You can be become a registered partner... (or whatever the current "title" is - Certification is required for that).  Otherwise, it's good to help you get a job.
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And becoming a registered partner does nothing for getting you eval licenses.  You could buy the more limited, but production usable Action Pack - but MS wants your company to be in the IT business in someway... if you're a florist with a certified IT person, the Action Pack isn't for you.  (and the action pack is similar in cost to technet).

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i found this website for action pack if anyone is interested https://partner.microsoft.com/40016455.  Thanks for your help guys.

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