TechNet Plus Direct special offer for Australian customers

An extra special offer for readers of my blog....

Subscribe to a new TechNet Plus Direct subscription at with the special subscription offer code of TLNW08 (valid only in Australia as far as I know) and receive a 40% discount off the marked price. Yes you heard it here first. Going once!...going twice! ๐Ÿ™‚ Its not $1200 like it used to be - the RRP is $512. And its 40% off thats around $307??

What do you get?

Imagine being able to download just about any Microsoft product ISO directly off the web along with the product keys. No messy CD subscriptions or anything - its all on demand. Theres Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2007, Office 2007 and early access to stuff like service packs etc. Run it all up in your own test environment!

Thats not all! Want more?? (Im sounding like the "set of steak knives guy now...)

  • Full-version software licensed for evaluation purposes, includes Microsoft operating systems, and Office System software.
  • Beta software. Get pre-release versions of Microsoft software to keep up to date on the latest technologies.
  • Subscriber Download access allowing you to customize subscription content to meet your needs. No need to wait for discs - all resources and evaluation software are available immediately after release.
  • Two (2) complimentary technical support incidents and a 20% discount on additional phone support incidents you purchase.
  • Unlimited Managed Newsgroup Support. Post your technical questions in over 100 public newsgroups and Microsoft ensures a response from an expert in the newsgroup by next business day.
  • Access to Online Concierge Chat service for live help from a Microsoft Online Assistant, who will help you pinpoint technical content on your subscription media, the Microsoft Knowledge Base, and other Microsoft online resources.
  • The TechNet Library containing the Microsoft Knowledge Base, security updates, service packs resource kits, utilities, technical training, and product documentation to keep your systems and IT skills up to date.
  • Enjoy! (Im all marketed out now....)

    Comments (16)

    1. Gihanz – nope they are different.

    2. Matthew – to answer your questions:

      Can I use the software after the subscription period finishes?

      MK: The terms and conditions (on the TechNetPlus website linked in my post) state that the license is valid for the period of the subscription. So while the software itself is not timebombed, the rights to use the license are. if you renew of course then youre all good ๐Ÿ™‚

      * Can I install the software on multiple PCs?

      MK: Absolutely. I think you have 10 Vista activations, 10 Office 2007 activations and around the same for the servers too.

      * Can I install the software (eg Office) and use it all the time (rather than just for evaluation)?

      MK: The terms and conditions state that this is for non-commercial use. You cant use it in a day-to-day business environment.

      See more on this here:

    3. True then…didnt know that. Well everyone gets access to it now!

    4. Actually Tim thats not correct. I just downloaded the ISO of Windows XP SP3 plus an ISO of Vista SP1. Send me a mail if you cant find it as the service packs arent under the main nodes for download. You have to sign in to the site and then they are on the main page.

      The training is found under the Downloads and Product keys area. Theres TechNet Webcast sessions training and also specific Windows Server 2008 training. In some cases these are 24 part series of stuff like Exchange Server.

    5. No they dont sorry – thats part of an MSDN subscription, not a Technet one.

    6. Anonymous says:

      Hi Michael,

      Is the Managed Newsgroup Support same as



    7. Simon – youre right. The drop down box doesnt have Australia so theres a link for Asia Pacific just below that you can click on. It takes you to the Microsoft Singapore fulfillement centre where you can purchase it through there. If you have any more hurdles let me know!

    8. RobertE – now the Action Pack Im not too familiar with but from what I know, its license terms allow internal (production) usage whereas a Technet subscription wont allow this in its license terms. Its value is geared for learning and support and provides for additional support and training resources over and above the software itself.

    9. Theres technical training CD’s that you can download as part of the subscription but you also get 90 days of more formal training through

      The current quarter’s offerings are:

      Course 5129: Customizing Real-Time Communication with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 – In this 2-hour premium course, you learn about the key features and functionalities of Office Communications Server 2007 that can be incorporated into custom
      applications. You explore the scenarios and architecture supported by the product. Also you learn how to integrate presence functionality into custom applications. Finally, you learn about the automated agent applications, Web Access AJAX Service, and the
      RTC API functionality that can be incorporated into custom applications to streamline business processes.

      Clinic 5127: Introducing On-Premise Conferencing Using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 – In this 2-hour premium course, you learn about key features and functionalities related to on-premise conferencing in Microsoft Office Communications Server
      2007. The course provides an overview of the scenarios supported by the product. You also explore the functionality and architecture of a standard and an enterprise on-premise conferencing solution and the network considerations involved in implementing these
      solutions. Finally, you learn about on-premise Web conferencing and on-premise audio/video conferencing solutions and how to use these solutions to conduct Web conferences and audio/video conferences.

      Course 3391: Monitoring Clients with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 – In this online learning course, you will learn how to monitor network clients and their applications with Operations Manager 2007. You will determine client monitoring
      levels based on client computer criticality. You will also implement agentless exception monitoring, collective health monitoring, and business-critical client monitoring.

    10. Hi Michael,

      this offer is valid worldwide!


      Greetings from Austria

      Peter Forster

      MVP Virtual Machine

    11. Matthew Wills says:

      Looks like ozbargain might have beaten you to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Is there somewhere I can go to find out what I am legally allowed to do with the software (not ‘what I can get away with’, but ‘what am I allowed to do according to Microsoft’)?

      For example:

      * Can I use the software after the subscription period finishes?

      * Can I install the software on multiple PCs?

      * Can I install the software (eg Office) and use it all the time (rather than just for evaluation)?

    12. Simon says:

      Thats Great news Michael,

      I am going to get this for my team and perfect timing before the end of the financial year! ๐Ÿ™‚

      However, when I visit the technetplus site, its not really clear how to "subscribe" it seems I need to contact a call centre as Australia isnt on the drop down list

      btw, do those steak knives cut through shoes?

    13. WarrenR says:

      Is there anymore info on the following inclusion?

      Microsoft eLearning courses. To prepare for certification or simply to help build your technical skills, TechNet Plus includes a selection of Microsoft eLearning courses for free each quarter.

    14. WarrenR says:


      Also do any of the Developer products come with this subscription i.e. Visual Studio 2008?

    15. RobertE says:

      How does a technet subscription compare to an Action Pack subscription. It sounds very similar but I think the action pack can be used for internal use, not just evaluation.

      Rob ๐Ÿ™‚

    16. Tim Carson says:

      Hi Michael,

      Unfortunately TNPlus does not give you the ability to download ISO’s of Service Packs, etc.

      When I subscribed last year I was told that you could download an ISO of any disk that would be mailed to "full" subscribers. After many e-mails back and forth with the TechNet Oz crew, I found out that this was not the case. Also, you mention "Theres technical training CD’s that you can download as part of the subscription…" I can’t find anyplace to download the CD’s…only bits of pieces of individuals training sessions.



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