Server 2008 R2 MAK from dreamspark/MSDNAA only allows 1 activation, why?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by kd6cae, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. kd6cae

    kd6cae MDL Novice

    May 28, 2012
    Since I'm a student at my local college taking computer courses, I have access to dreamspark formerly MSDNAA. This is a useful resource, but some things about it make 0 sense, like how you can only order 1 copy of any product. I can see only allowing 1 for free, but why not allow for paying for more copies at a discount? Another thing I totally don't get is why the MAK key supplied with server 2008 R2 allows for just 1 activation! Yes you read that right, anyone who orders server 2008 R2 from dreamspark gets a MAK, but it contains just one activation. I can't help but wonder why this is the case? Next semester, I'm planning to take a server 2008 R2 adminastration class, and what if during the course of classwork, I need to setup and configure 2 servers? Since I get just one chance to order a key, and that key only gives me a single activation, what are we suppose to do? Fortunately in my case, I had a technet subscription a couple years back, so obtained a server 2008 R2 MAK which allows for up to 500 activations. I will likely use this key instead of the 1 activation key I got from my dreamspark student access. But what about those students who don't have keys from technet? I don't have technet anymore, but even if 500 activation MAKS are no longer issued, I'm guessing technet users get more than 1 activation on their server 2008 R2 keys? I guess I'm just trying to figure out why Microsoft would only allow students to receive 1 activation on a server product. I won't be using my key from dreamspark, I'd much rather use a key that will allow me to configure multiple servers should we need to.