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Does cryptocurrency mining with MSDN subscription free credit violate any TOS? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Howdy,

    I have an active paid MSDN subscription with some monthly credits.

    Wanna do some non-profit and testing with different crypto, but first need to mine some (no plans to cash out on these because it is funny non-significant anyway even in 10 time span).

    Learned that most effective would be NV6 rig from Azure cloud. But... Can't get by googling (and binging) a clean answer if it is legal - mining in Azure and if yes, what limitations or precautions should I take (like max load control, whatever)

    If not legal - what chapter in TOS forbid that. What can be done to make it so?

    Thank you in advance!

    Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:46 PM

Answers

  • That's something you'd need to establish with a Microsoft licensing specialist or your account manager.

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/b21cbfc6-55c4-4172-bf71-489b933d2779/mine-crypto-currency-test-azure-policy?forum=azureblockchain

    hth
    Marcin

    Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:28 PM

All replies

  • That's something you'd need to establish with a Microsoft licensing specialist or your account manager.

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/b21cbfc6-55c4-4172-bf71-489b933d2779/mine-crypto-currency-test-azure-policy?forum=azureblockchain

    hth
    Marcin

    Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:28 PM
  • I do not know but probably the only criteria is if it is legal in your country (and the country of the data center). It is legal in most countries. You can easily find where in the TOS that it says you cannot do anything illegal and I think the inability to find an answer about cryptocurrency mining can be assumed to indicate it is not prohibited. I think it is advisable to do as Marcin says to be sure but I would be surprised if they would say it is not allowed when it is legal otherwise. I think the only legal activity that is prohibited is adult images and videos.

    I explored Bitcoin mining. I installed a couple of programs in my PC. The first one I ran for a couple of days and I got about a penny a day but it did not use much of my processors. The other one, my AV program would not allow some necessary components to be installed. So the options are to use Linux in a PC or to use a dedicated device that uses Linux in a VM as you are pursuing. I have also read that Bitcoin mining is not as much of an opportunity as it was a couple of years ago.

    I am interested in knowing how you do. I think you can get in touch with me through my website. I have highly limited monetary resources and results will likely be costly to obtain. Something I have done is to create an account in Coinbase (I know very little about them) to explore trading cryptocurrency. There are more than 2,000 cryptocurrencies. We can do virtual trading in that website for learning and exploration purposes.



    Sam Hobbs
    SimpleSamples.Info

    Saturday, February 22, 2020 10:01 PM