The Value of a TechNet Subscription...Author: Virginia Benedict, Techanalyst
If you consider yourself a serious IT Professional, a TechNet subscription is simply indispensable. I know that I cannot do without it for more reasons that I can think off. When I think of Continuing Education & Training, to prepare for critical issues and plan for future deployments, when I am in the middle of an IT project, double checking knowledgebase for specific how-to or tips & tricks, when I need to get updated on security trends, on and on…
Because a TechNet subscription allows me to download full versions of pre-release tools and software for testing and evaluation purposes, I can hone in and polish the skills I need to readily provide best of class technical support services, implementations, and prepare for seamless migrations.
The subscription level I recommend is the TechNet Professional with Media. TechNet provides the subscriber with an on-line Portal. However, having the media will travel; especially when you are on-site and might not have ready access to broadband.
The following are just some of the benefits included in the Professional with Media version:
1. Exclusive Secure Portal Access from which you can Manage your Subscription and efficiently access your benefits in one place
2. Usage Scenarios Supports the trial scenarios most utilized by IT Pros during the software evaluation process
3. Microsoft E-Learning Provides collections (a set of courses with practice labs), typically 20 hours per calendar year.
TechNet also offers Volume Subscriptions. Microsoft Volume Licensing programs that are designed to meet the needs of a business and offer customized packages to suit the size and purchasing preference of a company.
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