Want a free download of Windows Server 2008? It’s yours, if you qualify! Microsoft recently updated their DreamSpark offerings to include Server 2008, among other products. All you have to do is verify that you’re a student, and start downloading.
Download link – https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx
What is DreamSpark? Straight from the horse’s mouth:
Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge.
Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.
What products are offered? A lot! In addition to Windows Server 2008, you can freely download:
- Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (and 2005 Professional)
- SQL Server 2008 Developer
- MS Expression Studio 2
- XNA Game Studio 2.0
- XNA Creators Club Online (12 months access)
- IT Academy Student Pass (up to 22 hours of FREE e-learning courses)
You will need:
- A Windows Live ID
- Valid Student Status
My university was not on the main list, but they were able to quickly verify me online via JourneyEd. Within minutes, I started downloading Windows Server 2008, which can actually function very well as a desktop or workstation. With a few clicks, you can essentially transform it into Windows Vista, but without most of the bloat. Look for some articles relating to Server 2008 soon.
Best of luck. Despite my affinity for Linux, it’s hard to turn down free, legal software!
UPDATE: Be sure to see my article on how to turn Server 2008 into an excellent workstation OS.