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

James Kelsh freshmeadow1 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 13 09:38:22 EDT 2013


You're welcome Bob. I really enjoyed doing the presentation. Sorry about
the confusion regarding the partitioning of the hard drive, but when I did
the move from the original install of Win 7 to the VHD I had no idea I
would be doing a presentation so I took no screenshots!! :)
I hope you are correct and Sysinternals lives on. I hope I misunderstood Ed
Bott's article.
Take care, Jim


On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM, Bob Jonkman <bjonkman at sobac.com> wrote:

> 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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> So, I'm hoping Sysinternals lives on.
>
> --Bob.
>
> (and thanx for the great presentation, Jim!)
>
>
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