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Windows 7: Would it be legal to share a technet account?


29 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 7264
 
 
Would it be legal to share a technet account?

I was tossing around the idea of going in with a few users here or friends and buying a Technet account.

Since we are legally allowed to have 10 licensed copies of each application whats stopping me from having 5 people pitch in $50.00 each and getting 2 licenses each for all these apps in our home/test beds?

I agree it could be an issue if someone stole the keys but I think there are ways to login and generate they keys and distribute them.

I have no problem putting this on my Credit Card and opening up some slots for people to join me and pay $50.00 each for the licenses (and or login).. Has anyone else thought about this?

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29 Jun 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
sharing technet

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dorfdad View Post
I was tossing around the idea of going in with a few users here or friends and buying a Technet account.

Since we are legally allowed to have 10 licensed copies of each application whats stopping me from having 5 people pitch in $50.00 each and getting 2 licenses each for all these apps in our home/test beds?

I agree it could be an issue if someone stole the keys but I think there are ways to login and generate they keys and distribute them.

I have no problem putting this on my Credit Card and opening up some slots for people to join me and pay $50.00 each for the licenses (and or login).. Has anyone else thought about this?
I think that the 10 lic copies are for "testing" and I guess tecnically its not "legal" to share whats to say that they are not testing as well. I have wirked in shops where the 10 Lic. copies have ended up on 100 machines and no audits were triggered.

Id say its sort of gray

Ken
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29 Jun 2009   #3

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

You should shoot an email over to msn and ask them directly.
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29 Jun 2009   #4

 

Yes, for sure ask about a GRAY area.
I simply make sure that in my case on Other beta test areas. than I have
"my family" listed. I have a son in Washington state, sister in wichita, brother in Kansas, son in ??? all over, and lots of cousins.
All I was ever ask NOT TECHNET> was If they are your family they should know your email address. other personal info is (IMHO) none of there business. One comp allowed me 35 keys, most only allow 5 or 10.

Ea to there own.. suggest you read there rules and regulations.
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29 Jun 2009   #5

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dorfdad View Post
I was tossing around the idea of going in with a few users here or friends and buying a Technet account.

Since we are legally allowed to have 10 licensed copies of each application whats stopping me from having 5 people pitch in $50.00 each and getting 2 licenses each for all these apps in our home/test beds?

I agree it could be an issue if someone stole the keys but I think there are ways to login and generate they keys and distribute them.

I have no problem putting this on my Credit Card and opening up some slots for people to join me and pay $50.00 each for the licenses (and or login).. Has anyone else thought about this?
NO!!
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29 Jun 2009   #6

 

I suppose your a SPOOK for Technet. since the answer as NO. Other wise, folks every company corp has its own set rules and regulations. Highly recommend you read them.
Then decide for your self if legal or not.
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29 Jun 2009   #7

vista x64
 
 

ccatlett1984 is correct

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/bb892756.aspx
What are TechNet Plus subscriptions? | TechNet Plus Subscriptions
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/ms772427.aspx

Can I use evaluation software received in my TechNet Plus subscription at home?
The license grants installation and use rights to one user only
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29 Jun 2009   #8

Windows 7 (x64 build 7201)
 
 

Huh? Where do you get the idea of "10 licensed copies"?

As for "rules and regulations", I assume you're referring to the TechNet license: TechNet Plus Subscriptions License Terms

My reading of it is that one licensed user gets to install as many copies as they like on equipment they use/own. For the duration of that license (ie only while they subscribe to TechNet).

Thus, I would decide its not legal. But hey, feel free to decide otherwise, just dont blame the naysayers when you get caught.

Sure, other beta programs may operate differently. But TechNet is providing full non-beta versions of MS software too.
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29 Jun 2009   #9
24c

Win7 x64 Ult
 
 

All Online AccessAccess to all TechNet Plus resources via the members-only TechNet Plus benefits portal for an individual user. Does not include DVD shipments.
  • Full-version evaluation software without time limits
  • Beta software releases
  • Technical Information Library
  • Professional Support Incidents
  • Managed newsgroups
  • Online concierge Chat
  • Technical training resources and Microsoft E-Learning Courses
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29 Jun 2009   #10

Windows 7 (x64 build 7201)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 24c View Post
All Online AccessAccess to all TechNet Plus resources via the members-only TechNet Plus benefits portal for an individual user. Does not include DVD shipments.
  • Full-version evaluation software without time limits
  • Beta software releases
  • Technical Information Library
  • Professional Support Incidents
  • Managed newsgroups
  • Online concierge Chat
  • Technical training resources and Microsoft E-Learning Courses
Fine, but there's a world of difference between software with or without time limits (such as Windows 7 release, vs Windows 7 beta/RC) and the license to use said software.
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