Eric has mentioned that SBS 2008 will maintain the traditional delivery method for Software Assurance: No, SBS 2008 media is not going to be downloadable through Volume Licensing in November.
Keep in mind that media is not the problem. Open Value licensing with Software Assurance for SBS 2003 R2 Premium gives us a TechNet Direct subscription which provides downloadable ISO media.
It is the license keys that present the gotcha.
For now, after a number of calls into the various Microsoft Licensing phone numbers, Shayla in the Volume Licensing Department gave us a refreshingly succinct answer: "Call your reseller for your media fulfilment".
Open Value Licensing with Software Assurance does provide quarterly shipments for updated products.
In our case, we do not want to wait for our quarterly shipment to receive the media. An e-mail has been sent off to our favourite Microsoft Licensing supplier (Synnex Canada), and we shall see what their response is.
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