I wouldn’t be where I am today without the TechNet subscription. I signed up for it way back when I first decided to become a contractor and I started this blog. I needed content that I could use in a lab. I needed that content to be up to date and, most importantly, affordable. That was TechNet. It allowed me to install software from scratch, learn how it worked, and dive deeper than a canned lab could ever allow.
As we all know, the TechNet subscription was killed off by Microsoft, seen by many as a stab at the heart of IT pros.
This email came in to me over the past hour or so. It’s sad; we may never see IT pros gain the same access to on-premise software again for test and evaluation purposes.