In just a few days, the window will close on the ability to purchase TechNet subscriptions. From then on a retail purchase it will be good for a year. As a partner your TechNet subscription will expire and not be renewed.
But if you purchase TechNet over a three year volume license spread payments contract you can lock in TechNet subscriptions for the next three years.
The trick is to buy one item of TechNet plus direct subscriptions and four of the cheapest thing in the product listing, either 4 Forefront cals, or 4 of
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With that you can get a 3 year version of TechNet under a VL contract.
But you only have a very few days until 8/31 to do this.
It’s not looking good that Microsoft will budge on the TechNet subscriptions. I think this is a stupid move on their part. But they aren’t listening much to me these days.