since this part of the site is about the podcast, I'd like to make a few editorial comments.
having binge-listened to the casts recently, I got more than an earful about how great an MSDN subscription is and how hard it is to burn up the azure credits that come with it.
The MVPs in the podcast are blessed to have such access to Microsoft 'stuff'. Unfortunately, such a comprehensive MSDN subscription for us mortals comes only with enterprise arrangements or subscriptions to high cost versions of Visual Studio. The lesser 'operating system subscription' which is pretty basic is 6-7 hundred dollars. In either case, if you follow the license terms, any license keys you check out expire if you cease to subscribe to the plan.
When Technet was around, the last year they changed the terms from perpetual keys to keys that expire if you don't renew, which is why I didn't renew that last year. Fortunately, with one year of technet + the 30 day extension at the end I was able to collect everything up thru Windows 8 and Office 2013 Pro Plus. I even got a key to turn Media Center up on my win8 box.
I considered myself 'charmed' with that one-time purchase. I am still 'evaluating' windows 8.1 with media center What it left me short on, though was the 2012R2 server releases.
I would like to point out that there is a program called Dreamspark from Microsoft. All you need is an email address from a .edu, and you are golden. Taking a community college course? It could pay off big-time...
If you were to jump in now, you could get keys to two levels of Server 2012, and three levels of Server 2012 R2, one of which is Essentials. I have gone through the license agreements and as I understand it, these OS releases are supposed to be run on hardware which had an original windows sticker attached. It also mentions using them on at most two computers, and that the usage is still legal after you leave school. There are some other terms I will not address here.
In any case, through this plan I have over the years accumulated (number of keys)
server 2008 (2)
server 2008r2 (3)
server 2012 (2)
server 2012r2 (3)
server 2012r2 w/update (3), one of which is Essentials
Given that MS is giving away Visual Studio now, the ton of other developer stuff may or may not be of interest to you. There is even an Embedded windows version there, not sure what I would do with that.
In any case, just a tip for server geeks who aren't blessed with MSDN access. Anyone up for a half-credit course?
Edited by nrf, 18 January 2015 - 11:24 AM.