I have been gainfully employed as an outsourced IT support person for mostly non-profit associations with 10-20 employees for many years. I am a Dell reseller and have been very happy with them. Enter Windows 8 and Microsoft 2013 and beyond. I can't find a reasonably priced upgrade path from MSOP 2010 to MSOP 2013, I don't like Windows 8 or MSOP 2013 or beyond, my clients' users are mostly not in their 20's or 30's, ergo they're not fond of major changes, Dell will sell Windows 7 or 8 on new orders, but only MSOP 2013. I have had success with evaluesoftware.com for purchasing, downloading, installing, activating, and updating MSOP 2010 at very reasonable prices, but have heard the voice of a tech friend that doesn't think MS will not put up with that for long.
Found this to be quite interesting: http://pulse.me/s/lMngP
I have never been one to go to school, take online courses, or obtain certification for the MS products I support. Googling and Dell tech support have usually been sufficient for my needs. However, I do need to be reasonably up to speed on the products I support. I currently use a Windows 7 Dell OptiPlex 980 as my main workstation, have an old Dell Dimension XP workstation I RDP into when I need to refer to a Windows XP/Office 2003 setup, and an old Dell Latitude D830 laptop I have upgraded to Windows 8 and MSOP 2013, but I mainly use it while watching TV in the recliner. I feel the need to be using Windows 8 Pro and MSOP 2013 as my primary systems. Should I buy another box to be a strictly Windows 8 Pro/MSOP 2013 system and RDP into my Windows 7/MSOP 2010 box when necessary? I still have 206 GB free on my OptiPlex - is there a way to virtualize some of that space or buy another hard drive, set it up with Windows 8/MSOP 2013, and switch back and forth easily. I also have an MS Partnership account, so can download any software I may need.
Thanks for your advice.