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    prog_dotnet

    Wouldn't it be great to be able to test new servers immediately, without formatting hard drives or dedicating one or more computers to the project? Now you can, with the TechNet Virtual Lab. https://microsoft.demoservers.com/TechNet/login.aspx

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    patag

    I love how your URL isn't a real Microsoft domain name.  Looks like a pretty lame attempt to harvest user names and passwords.

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    shreyasonli​ne

    patag wrote:
    I love how your URL isn't a real Microsoft domain name.  Looks like a pretty lame attempt to harvest user names and passwords.


    Ya... I agree. It's a frod URL. Someone is trying to 'Phishing'. If you want to verify then go to the above URL and instead of giving your email address click on Microsoft TechNet HomePage. You will then go to microsoft website. Now tell me, why microsoft will ask you to login to see the page? even if it wants user to login why will they host the page in some another domain (demoservers.com) instead of microsoft.com ?

    Its is not a lame atempt ... its most stupid atempt. And people who register at the page are the most stupid persons in the world or are illiterate.

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    prog_dotnet

    Be carful by throwing off such unfounded and rediculus statments.

    The site is hosted for Microsoft by Surgient, Inc ( if you do a whois, surginent are listed as domain owner)

    I have used this site for some time, and are very satesfied with the provided service.

    By the way; the sessions from pdc 2003, were hosted on; http://microsoft.sitestream.com/PDC2003/Default.htm

    Technical reports and white papers from .net academic resource kit at;

    http://manta.cs.vt.edu/install/dotNET_Academic_Resource_Kit/Webfiles/whitepapers.htm

    I think Microsoft only uses its own domain name for in house ventures. When doing stuff with partners, academica and such....other urls might be used.




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    shreyasonli​ne

    Yep.. I am careful. Just try visiting URL https://microsoft.demoservers.com/ you are automatically redirected to URL https://microsoft.demoservers.com/TechNet/login.aspx it seems there is no default page for this website huh? Also, in addition if you visit URL https://www.demoservers.com/ there is no page to display. Is it a co-incidence that when I am trying to visit the site suddenly the server is switched off? answer me.

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    shreyasonli​ne

    In addition, I did not find any information regarding Surgient Inc on microsoft.com Visit the home page at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/default.mspx

    If you think I am wrong then post a URL hosted on microsoft.com which talks about Surgient Inc.

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    prog_dotnet

    Sure I will....
    http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040913/dam016_1.html



    Access to Your Personal Information

    Customer information is collected by Surgient, Inc. , a Microsoft vendor. It is stored at Surgient, Inc. , plus sent back to Microsoft. You can review and edit the personal information and any contact preferences provided at the Site by sending E-mail to support@surgient.com or writing to:

    Surgient, Inc.
    8303 N. Mopac, Suite C300
    Austin, Texas 78759

    Security of Your Personal Information
    Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer servers with limited access that are located in controlled facilities. Additionally, when we transmit sensitive personal information (such as a credit card number) over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

    http://msdn.ms.demoservers.com/skins/msdn-us/privacy.htm


    http://www.surgient.com/


    http://microsoft.demoservers.com/TechNet/skins/media/logo_technet.gif">

    Thank you for registering for the TechNet Virtual Lab

    You can enter your user ID and password at the URL below.
    Your new user ID is: xxxxx
    Your password is: xxxxx (case-sensitive)
    Logon page URL: http://microsoft.demoservers.com/TechNet/login.aspx" href="http://microsoft.demoservers.com/TechNet/login.aspx"> http://microsoft.demoservers.com/TechNet/

    These online modules each focus on various Microsoft products and technologies. Each module has two components: a downloadable lab manual and a virtual environment.

    Enjoy the experience!


    Please do not reply to this email, it is not an active account.

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    shreyasonli​ne

    prog_dotnet wrote:

    The site is hosted for Microsoft by Surgient, Inc ( if you do a whois, surginent are listed as domain owner)


    Well .... WhoIS information can be edited by the owner in a click. I can change my domains WhoIS info inline to Microsoft.com and say that its microsoft.com domain.

    For more info visit http://www.surgient.com/news/20040913_Technet_Release.asp

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    prog_dotnet

    http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040913/dam016_1.html


    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgient, a leading provider of on-demand applications for software sales, marketing, training, and testing processes, today announced that Microsoft TechNet is the latest customer to implement Surgient's Virtual Demo Management System (VDMS) to deliver self- guided, hands-on software evaluations of Windows Server 2003 to Microsoft's TechNet community, eliminating the cost and hassle of CD Trial Kits.

    Leveraging Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 technologies, Surgient VDMS enables Microsoft to provide a "sandbox" for TechNet community users to try out a full-featured version of Windows Server 2003 including Active Directory, Group Policy Management Console and IIS 6.0 via a single web interface, in a totally secure environment that requires no software downloads, installation or configuration.

    "Using the system running on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, Surgient allows us to reach more customers, with a more compelling user experience, at a lower cost per user trial," said Anthony Tsim, program manager, Microsoft US E-Marketing. "In just one month since our launch, Microsoft has delivered over 10,000 TechNet Virtual Lab experiences using the Surgient VDMS system. Surgient allows our customers to experience, learn, and evaluate Microsoft products and technologies through self-guided, hands-on tutorials and labs using the actual software. Because customers can access the labs with just a web browser, we eliminate the excessive amount of time customers would spend setting up and installing trial software on one or more test systems in order to evaluate our solutions."

    Surgient's Virtual Demo Management System enables live, full-featured software evaluations to be delivered to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Surgient's centralized control of virtual resources and applications, brought together through automated scheduling and workflow, enables the delivery of cost- effective evaluations regardless of product complexity or the number of users. With Surgient VDMS, hands-on software evaluations can be developed, managed, and deployed to customers in an automated fashion, without the need for manual set-up and tear-down of physical hardware and software environments. In addition, for customers that don't have IT resources available, Surgient offers a hosted solution enabling rapid deployment and faster time-to-results.

    "With Surgient VDMS software, organizations can greatly expand the reach of their trial programs, accelerate the sales process, and actually lower the overall cost per evaluation," said Erik Josowitz, Surgient vice president of marketing. "Surgient VDMS allows software organizations to deliver hands-on product evaluations, of even complex multi-tier applications, via a web browser. We obviate the need for trial CDs and lengthy software downloads by eliminating the installation process in the evaluation experience."

    About Surgient

    Surgient is a leading provider of on-demand applications that enable companies to automate and enhance software sales, marketing, training and testing processes. Surgient applications manage software delivery business processes that enable the use of distributed enterprise applications by an unlimited number of users, on-demand, from anywhere at anytime. By automating, and eliminating the complexities and high costs of hardware configuration and software environment provisioning Surgient raises the consistency and reliability of software delivery processes yielding greater productivity and rapid return on investment. Surgient customers include BEA, Documentum, Microsoft, Siebel, and Symantec. An Austin-based company, Surgient is backed by a prestigious group of investors, including Austin Ventures, Seaport Capital, Sternhill Partners, and MFI Austin. For more information, visit http://www.surgient.com/">http://www.surgient.com .

         Media Contacts:
    
         Guy MacNeill - Surgient
         512-241-4624
         guy.macneill@surgient.com
    
         Sarah Lambie - Blanc & Otus PR
         512-335-8771
         slambie@blancandotus.com
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    Kaelan

    LOL... someone's a bit paranoid today.

    I've heard about this thing before, seems like a cool idea. Sure beats having to use Virtual PC and bittorrent to 'try out' software Wink

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    shreyasonli​ne

    Hey... I am not arguing about microsoft and surgient partnership, I was talking about the domain microsoft.demoservers.com which I belive is a 'phishing' act. Anyone can buy a domain and put any information in it's WhoIS database very easily. Also, the site design is a full copy of Microsoft's TechNeT homepage.

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    prog_dotnet

    why dont you post your "phishing" act at slashdot...

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    shreyasonli​ne

    prog_dotnet wrote:

    why dont you post your "phishing" act at slashdot...



    I will.

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    PeterF

    Can't you just admit you were a bit harsh on prog_dotnet and forget about it? Wink

    Seems like a great online way of testing out products.

    Peter

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    Loadsgood

    And anyway if it was a real phishing act, Microsoft would've already knocked the server down and sue the person who bought that site name (since it has the word 'Microsoft' in it). prog_dotnet is a good user, he/she wouldn't phish in c9, would you prog_dotnet?

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    prog_dotnet

    Loadsgood wrote:
    And anyway if it was a real phishing act, Microsoft would've already knocked the server down and sue the person who bought that site name (since it has the word 'Microsoft' in it). prog_dotnet is a good user, he/she wouldn't phish in c9, would you prog_dotnet?


    I am one of the good guys...

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    shreyasonli​ne

    Hey guys ... I am really sorry to be harsh with prog_dotnet (nothing personal). I am not accusing prog_dotnet for the 'phishing' act ... may be he is too fooled by the page hosted. But, I belive that sometimes one must say and convey information directly as if its really phishing act the forum users visiting the URL may also get fooled.(I am just trying to be ethical, no hard feelings about anyone.)

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    prog_dotnet

    I preciate your consern, but I'm affraid you are mistaken. 
    I recomend taking a look at the provided links.
    You will find details conserning the TechNet Virtual Lab hosted on Microsoft servers. You will also find  information about how to sign up for virtual lab participation.
    When clicking on the sign-up form, you will be redericted http://microsoft.demoservers.com/TechNet/login.aspx


    I do hope this will clerefy any misunderstandings.


    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/default.mspx
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/ins.mspx

    best regards

    -jan erik-

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