[kwlug-disc] Microsoft Technet shutting down, not Sysinternals

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Tue Aug 13 02:15:27 EDT 2013


At today's KWLUG meeting Jim Kelsh mentioned that the Microsoft Technet
service is shutting down, and everyone feared that the Sysinternals site
would go down with it, and the disk2vhd tool Jim used in his
presentation: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

Here's the ZDNet article:
http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-to-shut-down-technet-subscription-service-7000017541/

> Good night, TechNet.
> 
> The online Technet blogs and customer support forums will live on, 
> but Microsoft announced today in a letter to subscribers that it 
> plans to retire its venerable TechNet subscriptions service. New 
> subscriptions will no longer be available after August 31, 2013, and 
> the subscription service will shut down as current subscribers' 
> contracts end.

The subscription service was for a pack of CDs/DVDs with current
Microsoft products and their activation keys, intended for short-term
evaluation only.

Bott specifically says the online forums and blogs will continue, but
there's no mention of the Sysinternals site being shut down. I expect
that it will stay for now.

I tried to find an announcement about this on the Microsoft site, but
apparently the announcement was sent only to Technet subscribers.
Someone posted the letter they received from Microsoft, which doesn't
mention Sysinternals either:
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,28428386#28428444

> Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscription service. As IT trends
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> seen a usage shift from paid to free evaluation experiences and
> resources. As a result, Microsoft has decided to retire the TechNet
> Subscriptions service and will discontinue sales on August 31, 2013.
> 
> 
> Additional Information: More background on Microsoft’s decision to
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> 
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> 
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So, I'm hoping Sysinternals lives on.

--Bob.

(and thanx for the great presentation, Jim!)


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