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Alternatives to TechNet? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Not sure what section to post this in, so just picked one.

    Since Microsoft is putting the kibosh on TechNet, are there alternatives? I really can't afford MSDN. And I have been the "go to" person amongst my friends, family, and co-workers. IT isn't my profession, but it's been my passion/hobby for the last 30 years. MS is doing a disservice IMHO by cancelling this program. People before were getting free tech support from me, since I was able to simulate environments, keep up on the latest tech, and offer solid advice, even in some more complex networking scenarios. But now there's no way I can do that unless I go back to school indefinitely (ha, yeah MSDN is looking more financially attractive) or work in IT (which means sacrificing my current good salary to make half what I do).

    I may not have the best knowledge on hand but I can usually figure it out, and that's part of the fun and challenge. I know the alternative Technet is "free" but there's too many restrictions. I don't want to have to reload or reinstall every freaking month. It's insane.

    Friday, October 11, 2013 10:40 AM

Answers

  • Hi,


    The Training and Certification forum is not the place to discuss Microsoft’s decision to stop with the TechNet Subscriptions. I fear there are no alternatives other than the more expensive MSDN subscription or using trial versions.


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    MCSE:Server Infrastructure, MCSE:Desktop Infrastructure, MCSA Server 2012, Citrix CCIA & CCEE, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 Twitter: @dnyvandam http://www.dannyvandam.net


    Friday, October 11, 2013 12:18 PM
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  • Hi,


    The Training and Certification forum is not the place to discuss Microsoft’s decision to stop with the TechNet Subscriptions. I fear there are no alternatives other than the more expensive MSDN subscription or using trial versions.


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    MCSE:Server Infrastructure, MCSE:Desktop Infrastructure, MCSA Server 2012, Citrix CCIA & CCEE, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 Twitter: @dnyvandam http://www.dannyvandam.net


    Friday, October 11, 2013 12:18 PM
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  • I agree but there is no other forum here that even remotely fits the subject.

    So go from Technet @ $250 a year to MSDN @ $2500 (or more). A little steep.

    Friday, October 11, 2013 6:45 PM
  • Many are not very happy with the decision to cancel the TechNet subscriptions including myself.

    On twitter there has been a lot of discussion about this and a lot of blogs have been written about this subject. Microsoft is changing to a cloud-based services company and providing benefits like TechNet for IT Pro's no longer fits in the big picture.



    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer MCSE:Server Infrastructure, MCSE:Desktop Infrastructure, MCSA Server 2012, Citrix CCIA & CCEE, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 Twitter: @dnyvandam http://www.dannyvandam.net



    Sunday, October 13, 2013 8:50 AM
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