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  Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead
Time: 04:54 EST/09:54 GMT | News Source: The Register | Posted By: Robert Stein

So I agree with Microsoft: the bulk of my usage – and the usage of every single sysadmin venting their outraged spleen into the two dozen or so IRC channels I hang out on – is indeed free eval copies. Yet our testlabs couldn't function without those long-term copies provided by TechNet. This isn't an either/or scenario: both options simply must exist.

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#1 By Cellar Dweller (24 Posts) at 7/3/2013 5:11:22 PM
I've been a die hard Microsoft person and been in IT For 20+ years now.

I've always had a Technet subscription and for me I have my own home domain for learning and testing what some day I will use in my corporate environments. I've always been ahead of the game and there really isn't anything I can't support and by most part this is due to my setup in my Home Environment.

I used my Technet subscription because I can't afford say (Server 2012R2 using IIS, Exchange 2013, SQL Server 2012, Office 2013, Windows 8.1).

I think if you were to look all of those up, it would probably cost about 5k+ to run that type of environment. I know that this was how things were used by most that have used Technet.

It's looking like now I'm going to have to take a whole new route in learning and that would be setting up a Linux Server Environment, Libre Office, MySQL, and run a Web Site with Apache. The going rate for these (NOTHING). It's obvious what people will start doing.

Microsoft keeps biting it's nose to spite its face all year - first it was Windows 8 then Xbone and now Technet?

If there ever was a time for the Linux or UNIX community to stand up and push it would be now with learning tools and a TUXNET environment so folks could get all the latest that is Open Source. If everyone starts going down this route Microsoft will become a dinosaur or fall the way of the Dodo bird and they'll only have one place to look - Themselves for their failures.

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