Obtain Microsoft SCCM & SCOM for training/evaluation purposes

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I'm interested in learning how to deploy and use Windows System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).

I would like to obtain this software that I will use only in my home personal training environment.

What options does Microsoft have for licensing or providing this software for training purposes?

I am a Microsoft Certified Professional and in order to learn how to use and support this software, I need to actually deploy the software in my personal networking environment at home.

Or where can I purchase this software from for a reasonable price?
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Would 180 days be long enough for you to evaluate?
https://www.microsoft.com/en-GB/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-2012-r2
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The 180-day evaluation version is what I am currently using.

I'm now interested in what options I might have to permanently license the software at a reasonable price.

As I have mentioned I will only be using this software for training purposes in a non-production and non-business environment.

What kind of options are available?
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Beyond the evaluation packages you’re looking at NFD licensing programs like MAPS
https://partner.microsoft.com/en-gb/membership/action-pack
That will cost you between $300-$400 per year but would probably provide licensing for your entire network.
Or an MSDN subscription, neither of these provide you exclusively with just SCCM/SCOM so you’ll need to decide what represents best value for your own circumstances.
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I'm already a member of MAPS but MAPS doesn't include the Microsoft SCCM & SCOM software.

Please provide me with further information on establishing an MSDN subscription.
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Are you sure about MAPS?
I thought there was a 10 client SCCM license included
See https://i.imgur.com/RFPxAea.jpg
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/partner-center/mpn-action-pack-subscription-benefits

MSDN Subs are linked through Visual Studio accounts now but start at around $2k.

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Why not just join the technical preview program for SCCM?  By the time a new build comes out you can upgrade to the latest build and get around the expiration date?

You'll also need a copy of SQL Server to install SCCM and of course a copy of Windows Server.

BTW, there was a program called TechNet that was around $250 a year that was exactly for what you want, but Microsoft shut that down in 2014 due to people selling the eval keys: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-to-shut-down-technet-subscription-service/
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I also agree with MASQ: SCCM should be included with your Action Pack subscription: https://assets.microsoft.com/en-us/mpn-maps-software-iur-license-table.pdf
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Adam Leinss,

Can you please provide me with the URL address on how to join the technical preview program for SCCM?
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Here is the link on joining the technical preview branch:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/get-started/technical-preview

Once you get SCCM installed, you will use Administration>Overview>Updates and Servicing to update to new CB builds
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Thanks, I looked and saw that it is now included with my MAPS subscription.

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