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Can you help me with my software licensing question?

I have a spare machine that I want to install Windows Server 2008 for development purposes. This would be in an isolated, development network. I know SQL Server offers a Developer Edition (which is Enterprise Edition capabilities/features with just licensing restricted to development/demoing/etc.) for this type of thing, is there an equivalent offer for Windows Server OS?

Thanks in advance.

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marked as duplicate by Shane Madden, Ward, voretaq7, Iain, Scott Pack Oct 12 '11 at 13:22

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If you have a valid .edu e-mail account, you can go to Dreamspark to get full copies of Server '08 and Server '08R2. Standard only, though.

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Both are included as part of MSDN

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No, but if you have a TechNet subscription, you are entitled to install whatever version of Windows Server you want for development or testing as long as it is not used in a production environment.

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I have searched but I can't seem to find how to get a TechNet subscription? Hopefully it isn't the financial burden of MSDN. – Thomas Stringer Oct 12 '11 at 0:13
@Surfer513 it is a yearly subscription like MSDN, but neither are a burden. More like a drop in the bucket. – MDMarra Oct 12 '11 at 0:22
What's your definition of a drop in the bucket? :) please give me a rough estimate if you can. – Thomas Stringer Oct 12 '11 at 0:26
Between $200 and $500. – MDMarra Oct 12 '11 at 0:28
Googling "buy tech net subscription" yielded this immediately, by the way. You might want to brush up on your google foo. – MDMarra Oct 12 '11 at 0:29

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