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I'm considering getting an MSDN subscription for use in a home lab environment and I'm wondering if anyone else has it and can tell me how the licensing works?
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If you're just using it for internal testing, Technet is the way to go.
    
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Originally Posted by Oedipus View Post

If you're just using it for internal testing, Technet is the way to go.

^^ what he said.

MSDN subscription is more geared towards software development testing (might be wrong).
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MSDN - Microsoft Developer Network
MSDN is what you want if you are a developer on any Microsoft platform and you need access to software for testing purposes.

TechNet is what you want if you are wanting to learn the products, etc, etc.

TechNet Standard is $199 but does not give you access to Enterprise or Microsoft Dynamics software, you need TechNet Professional for that which is $349. For example, with Standard you get Server 2008 R2 Standard, and Server 2012 Standard, but not 2008 R2 Enterprise/Datacenter nor Server 2012 Datacenter (with Server 2012 that doesn't matter since there is no technical difference with Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter). You get access to most other software you would want though.

The basic MSDN is $699, and gives you access to Operating Systems only (I think). The top MSDN subscription is over $13,000.

If you are a student at any institution, check out Dreamspark instead. You can get it for free.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm just looking to test out Server 2012 and VDI with Win8 images so I'm thinking Technet is probably the way to go.
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Originally Posted by PuffinMyLye View Post

Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm just looking to test out Server 2012 and VDI with Win8 images so I'm thinking Technet is probably the way to go.

Definitely TechNet, or trials. You can get 180 days worth of trial for either of these OSs, assuming you rearm them every 60 days. (I think those are the right numbers)
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Definitely TechNet, or trials. You can get 180 days worth of trial for either of these OSs, assuming you rearm them every 60 days. (I think those are the right numbers)

Yea rearm is an option, just gets annoying if I forget to rearm once in a while. I will probably go with that option for a bit and then see if it affects my work at all. Thanks thumb.gif.
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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

Definitely TechNet, or trials. You can get 180 days worth of trial for either of these OSs, assuming you rearm them every 60 days. (I think those are the right numbers)
Can't say about the server (will check in a bit), but the windows 8 trail is 90 days, not 180. Forgetting is not that easy either, as it gives you a countdown on the desktop, like such.

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Originally Posted by wolfeking View Post

Can't say about the server (will check in a bit), but the windows 8 trail is 90 days, not 180. Forgetting is not that easy either, as it gives you a countdown on the desktop, like such.

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Server 2012 trial is 180 days, just like System Center products, Exchange, Sharepoint, Lync, etc.
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