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By MachineType ·
Does anyone have any good advice on purchasing the upgrade advantage? We have 5 nt servers and numerous clients that we are going to want to upgrade sooner or later (i am sure within the next 3 1/2 years. Microsoft might as well of written the description in hex because i really can not find out just how much you save buy purchasing before july 31 thanks for your input.

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by C J In reply to Upgrade Advantage

I believe upgrade advantage is only good for two years, so if you don't upgrade in that time period you'd be wasting your money, anyway.

TechRepublic has an article about the new licensing scheme that's pretty good, although you'll still need to print it and get out your highlighter to wade through the acronyms! It's published by Gartner Group.

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by MachineType In reply to Upgrade Advantage

I'm not going to get this UA. I think that just because ms is not making this clear enough is a reason not to get it. I have wasted enough time trying to find out if it is good or not. I think that if it is a big chance to save some dough then everybody (including microsoft) would have some more straight foreward answers. It just seems a little to shadey for me to recommend to my company. Thanks for the input though.

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by jereg In reply to Upgrade Advantage

You may need to learn more about MS license plans. I have spoken several times with the reps about it. You have 3 ways to buy MS software.

1. Buy a new PC/Server and get the sw preloaded. This can be very cheap, but you can't upgrade or transferthe license.

2. Buy off the shelf. If you need a new OS, you just go buy it. It's pricey, but you get what you want/need when you need it.

3. Upgrade Advantage. License any box. If you have ten boxes, you buy 10 UA and you're done with it. Throw out a box and buy a new one, you're covered.

The problem? If you buy a new box and it comes with MS software and you have UA, you're paying twice for the same thing. I told the MS rep I didn't like that and would not be buying UA. The estimatesare 20-30% have bought into this scam and I'm not going to be one.
Good Luck.

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