MS Technet Subscription

Ok MS Tech-net is now closed to new subscribers with existing subscribers having until the end of September to activate their subscriptions if they haven't already done so.

It seems to me that online retailers are still selling Technet subscriptions packages?

Does this mean you can still purchase Technet subscriptions from resellers and activate successfully with MS until the end of September?
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
You can but this is ilegal. Because I thought Technet subscriptions must be sold by Microsoft.
DHPBilcareAuthor Commented:
I guess that's what I'm trying to determine as direct from Amazon UK Technet Plus is still available and I thought these couldn't be sold from the end of August??
Imtiaz HashamTechnical Director / IT ConsultantCommented:
Technet is totally closed for all subscribers, old ones have their time period left!

I would recommend you look at:
a. Action Pack - Which you should have if you want internal licensing
b. The technet website which offers 180 day trial for all software.

Hope this helps.

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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
Action Pack is only for companies.
Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
3rd Party Subscriptions are not endorsed by Miscrosoft.

If you are still interested in benefits, have you looked at MSDN Subscriptions?

MSDN Subscription: Paid subscriptions provide access to current and prior software versions for evaluation, development and testing. MSDN Subscriptions also provide priority support in MSDN forums, access to eLearning courses, and complimentary support incidents.

What is the difference between a TechNet Subscription and a Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Subscription?
The software provided with TechNet Subscriptions is designed for hands-on IT professionals to evaluate Microsoft software and plan deployments. The software provided with MSDN Subscriptions is available for evaluation, development, and testing purposes. Both programs provide priority support in forums, access to eLearning courses, and complimentary support incidents as part of the paid subscription and both MSDN and TechNet subscriptions are licensed per user. Subscription benefits and costs for each program vary by subscription level.

There is also DreamSpark for students and BizSpark for entrepreneurs and startups.

The 'Action Pack' referenced in previous posts are the Microsoft Action Pack Development and Design Subscriptions (MAPS).
*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
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