It enables us to install as many different lab setups as needed via the trialware included in the subscription. The trialware is not time bombed so we don't have to worry about a 3 or 6 month limit on the lab setups. We are working with full versions of the products.
It also gives you access to Microsoft software products via download earlier than anywhere else. We had Windows Vista RTM available to us for download well before the public release.
Service packs, such as the Small Business Server 2003 SP1 three disk set are available too.
The following table is a screen shot of the TechNet subscription rates:
There is a coupon for those in the U.S. that enables you to get $100 off a new TecNet Plus Direct Subscription. The Direct Subscription is a download only version. Meaning, one must download any software .ISOs, updates, security updates, and documentation that one would need for their lab and resources.
TechNet Plus Subscription Rates
We prefer to have the DVD subscription so that anything we may not need right away is available to us without using bandwidth or our on-site storage.
To learn more about the TechNet Plus subscription: TechNet Plus Overview.
Thanks to Harold Wong for pointing out the discount code: TMSAM04.
Oh, and it would be nice of Microsoft to include other parts of the world in that discount ... no? :D
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
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