I started a new thread cuz the other started by MartyMcFly was closed.
For those who go to a university/college, your university/college anywhere in the world could enter this program called ELMS (e-academy License Management System) for MSDNAA (MSDN academic alliance) online software system. You could download and access a wide range of Microsoft developer tools, servers, and platforms. There is no charge to download the software as long as you are an eligible user in the System or can order them on CDs for about 10$us to 20$us.
Here's a part of the message I got from them when my college licensed there.
How Does it Work?
Your university/college is licensed under the MSDN Academic
Alliance Program which enables eligible students and faculty
members to access software available under the Program. e-academy
Inc., a partner of Microsoft, is providing ELMS for MSDNAA to you.
Simply log into the System using your username and password
included below and start browsing/ordering the software
available to you.
I dont think you can use the program if your university/college is not registered.
Here is a short list of what we can get:
some msdn products
some visual studio
win 2000 server
some win 2003 server
win xp pro
If you want to see a more compete list, go here http://msdn01.e-academy.com/lacitec%5Fiht/ then go to software and check in the drop down. (This is where students from where I go can order software so dont try to buy from this page, it wont work ;))
Ask your university/college if they would be interested in this program.