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Microsoft TechNet Plus Full Version (C08-04774)

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Convenient and portable, Microsoft TechNet is the answer for IT professionals. When you subscribe, TechNet is delivered, monthly, right to your door. Included are information-packed disks with everything to help you stay ahead of the game whether you're … see full wiki

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A Must Have For An All-Microsoft Shop

  • Sep 24, 2006
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Pros: Latest Microsoft updates, service packs as well as Beta and evaluation software.

Cons: Pricey

The Bottom Line: There is no better way, short of living on the Internet, to keep on top of the world of Microsoft software, than a subscription to TechNet Plus.

I work for an all Microsoft shop; that is all of the software we use—with very few exceptions—is from Microsoft Inc. From the desktops to laptops, to servers, the business made a decision about three years ago the shed Novel and switch—for better or ill—to Microsoft applications and Operating Systems.

So now we use it all: Windows XP for the desktop; Windows 2003 for our servers; Microsoft Office 2003 for desktop productivity, including Outlook 2003, Visio 2003 and Project 2003; Microsoft Exchange 2003 for messaging; Microsoft SharePoint 2003 for collaboration; Microsoft Operations Management (MOM) for monitoring and reporting; Microsoft Systems Management Server 2000 for desktop and server management and software distribution, and; Microsoft SQL Sever 2000 for enterprise-class database storage.

The Microsoft family of ever expanding products do not come with ready made documentation; most IT Professionals that support Microsoft products for a living find that out the hard way. Support for Microsoft products is a hodgepodge of different and differing off-line and on-line documents, most contained in the company’s vast Knowledgebase repository, which is an excellent source for those with enough time to search through it. Of course official support is available but the price point is steep, starting at $245.00 per incident for Enterprise-class software.

Microsoft does have a solution called Microsoft TechNet. More and more companies are turning to TechNet a subscription based service that opens the door to software fixes, Service Packs, Beta /Evaluation software, and a comprehensive CD-ROM/DVD based archive of Knowledgebase articles, all designed to help the end use get the most out of Microsoft products.

As I mentioned above, TechNet Plus is a subscription-based service, but since its inception it has grown into so much more (more on that later) than that; a TechNet Plus subscription is an invaluable—and increasingly necessary—resource for and shop running Microsoft software. A TechNet Plus subscription allows IT professional to plan, implement and support Microsoft solutions. TechNet Plus is the IT Professionals’ or Departments’ library of Microsoft software, including evaluation, Beta and Release Candidate releases; Knowledge Base articles, service packs, security updates, Resource Kits, and technical guidance. A TechNet Plus subscription includes the monthly delivery of CD and or DVD updates with the latest, authoritative technical information on Microsoft solutions, straight from the source.

The first shipment of TechNet Plus comes complete with valid working copies of all of Microsoft’s premiere server and desktop software including Windows XP, Office 2003, and Windows 2003 Server (all levels). The first shipment also includes the latest Service Pack releases as well as a handy white binder to store all of your newly acquired software in. TechNet Plus also includes a computer-based technical library that is updated monthly; the library can be run from CD-ROM/ DVD or installed on a hard drive. And the technical library is updated monthly and while rather difficult to use at first I soon got used to looking up problems in the database. The technical library is searchable by software title allowing you to narrow your search for answers.

Monthly deliveries as festooned with the latest Beta and or Release Candidate copies of Microsoft software, the latest being Windows Vista, Windows Defender, Internet Explorer 7.0, Live Communications Server, and Antigen Server, just to name a few. And while Service Pack and security fixes can be readily had on-line, for those who do not have access to a fast Internet connection, or who like to gather all of the latest updates in one place, the TechNet Plus subscription delivers. Below is a sample of what is up-coming in the TechNet Plus shipment:

o 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2
o Office Groove Server 2007 Beta 2
o Office Project Server 2007 Beta 2
o Office SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2
o Planning and Deploying the Branch Office Technologies in Windows Server 2003
o Administering and Maintaining the Branch Office Technologies
o Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
o High Availability Computing
o Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services
o Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
o Advanced SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
o Longhorn Beta 2

But TechNet Plus is also on-line with an extensive web portal that affords the subscriber access to Subscriber Downloads and Product Keys, Support Incidents, Managed Newsgroups, Online Concierge Chat and Microsoft E-learning.

The TechNet Plus, can be purchased in three levels:

o TechNet Plus Single Server; Cost: $999.00; Media Type: CD or DVD
o TechNet Plus Single User; Cost: $499.00; Media Type: CD or DVD
o TechNet Plus Direct; Cost $349.00; Media Type: Download Only

The TechNet Plus subscription also comes with two professional support incidents (a $490.00 value), a 20% discount off additional tech support calls, and 24-hour managed newsgroups featuring both professional and peer support on most Microsoft products. The 20% discount is available in most of the countries Microsoft does business.

The price-point for a TechNet Plus subscription may be high, but you get a lot for you hard earned dollar. For an all Microsoft shop like ours TechNet Plus is a must. We have an extensive technical library on-line available through a dedicated server; there is no better way to keep on top of the changes Microsoft seems to release on a weekly basis. For the individual or small business owner, a TechNet Plus subscription may make sense as well. With more and more products being introduced every month, Microsoft is software, or so it may seem. There is no better way, short of living on the Internet, to keep on top of the world of Microsoft software, and get cool stuff, than a subscription to TechNet Plus.


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