Technet replacement

We are looking for a replacement for the Technet program as it was quite useful for us to test software and legacy stuff without time limit. Now the Technet program is defunct and we are wondering what we can use in place for our internal testing that is not always with a time bomb of 180 days. Is there such a thing now?

We provide IT services for loads of companies so we should be entitled to use MS software internally in the way we want for testing.

Could anyone assist with ideas please?
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Unfortunately, MS makes the rules with regards to what you are entitled to do with their software, not the other way around.  That being said, I believe that MSDN is still a valid option in order to have licensed Microsoft products available for testing.


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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
become a partner and get the Microsoft Action Pack it has less limitations than the MSDN subscription.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Agreed - what you feel you should be entitled to and what Microsoft feels you are entitled to can be two different things and Microsoft wins. Period.

Developers can subscribe to the Microsoft Developer Network.  And Partners can use Action Pack with some minimal qualifications.
AlexAuthor Commented:
I don't understand this MSDN subscription yet, why is it called Visual Studio? I'm not doing anything visual studio related. We need to test exchange servers and sharepoint for example. The last option seems to be the only non "visual studio" related, by doesn't have Exchange/Sharepoint included for example.

Visual Studio Premium with MSDN - £5,169.33
Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN - £5,169.33
Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN - £1,832.37
Visual Studio Professional with MSDN - £1,012.92
MSDN Operating Systems - £590.52

I'll try the action pack, my colleague told me we are MS partners so I think that would be the way forward.

Let me see if if works, thanks!
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