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MSDNAA GUIDELINES

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IT & BUSINESS DIVISION
VIRGINIA BEACH CAMPUS TCC

The MSDNAA site is now managed by "Dreamspark"


HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR FREE MICROSOFT SOFTWARE

The IT and Business Division of the Virginia Beach Campus of Tidewater Community College subscribes to the Microsoft Developers’ Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), managed by "Dreamspark". As a member of this alliance, the Division can offer its students access to certain Microsoft products that are being utilized in the classroom.

The process of obtaining software is automated. In the fourth week of each semester, students enrolled in ITD, ITE, ITN, and ITP classes that are more than 2 credits are eligible to check out or purchase Microsoft products. Dynamic classes and second eight week classes will be eligible after the second week of the class.

WHAT SOFTWARE IS INCLUDED?

  • Windows XP Professional 32 and 64 bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business 32 and 64 bit Edition
  • Windows 7 Professional 32 and 64 bit Edition
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • Visio 2007 & 2010
  • Project 2010
  • Access 2007 & 2010
  • Visual Studio 2010
  • Visual Basic

    The complete list of available software is available on the website once you login. Some software is free, and some can be purchased for a nominal fee.


NOTE: The Microsoft Office Suite is NOT included in the available software. If you have the Home or Student Version of Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010, you can obtain Microsoft Office Access 2007 or 2010.

ITE 115 classes currently use Microsoft Office 2010.

Most products require a Product ID or Serial Number to install. You can see the Product ID when you order the software by clicking on the link to the software at the end of the checkout procedure. Write them down, access is only available during the current semester

HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR PASSWORD FOR THE MSDNAA SITE

The password will be sent in an email to your VCCS g-mail mailbox. You can access your mailbox through TCC’s home page: http://www.tcc.edu. Click on the myTCC button, enter your username and password, and then click on Gmail.

Locate the email from: "Tidewater Community College - Information Technology" with a subject line of "An account has been created for you". A link to the "Dreamspark" website is included. Once you click the link you will be prompted to register and create your own password. Write it down!

Please note: Your username and password for the MSDNAA (Dreamspark) website is NOT the same as your TCC username and password. Your MSDNAA username is your VCCS email account (ex: jjones0001@email.vccs.edu).

If you were enrolled in the previous semester in an IT class at the Virginia Beach campus, you will not receive a new email. When your account is reactivated in the fourth week you will use the same password as last semester.

If you do not get an email by the 4th week of the semester or if you forget your password, you can go to the MSDNAA site at: http://msdn05.e-academy.com/tcc_vbc.

Under Username enter your VCCS g-mail address (Ex: jjones0001@email.vccs.edu) and then click "Forgot your password". An email will be sent to your VCCS g-mail account with instructions on resetting your password.

HOW TO USE THE DREAMSPARK SITE TO OBTAIN MSDNAA SOFTWARE

Once you receive your welcome email from Tidewater Community College - Information Technology, you can login and download or purchase software at: http://msdn05.e-academy.com/tcc_vbc

Your login name is your VCCS email account (Ex: jjones0001@email.vccs.edu ). Your password will be the one created during the registration process. Once in the site, you can change your password by clicking on the "Your Account" at the top of the screen and then the Change Password link.

To obtain software, click on the Software tab. Select a category of the software you are looking for or "All" at the bottom. Software may be downloaded directly to your computer, mailorder purchased on CD/DVD for a nominal price, or for some software you can schedule a "Pick-up Delivery" from the open computer lab (H208) in the ATC building on the Virginia Beach Campus. Regardless of whether you are purchasing or obtaining for free, add the product to your cart. If obtaining by pick-up/delivery, you have three days to bring blank, recordable CDs (or DVD's as required) and a printout of your shopping cart to the open lab in the ATC room H-208. The lab assistant will show you how to burn copies.

This software can be used on YOUR personal computer for the purposes of studying and research only. You cannot give or sell the software to anyone else or install it on any other computer. It cannot be used on a business computer. You will have to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA), ensure you read it thoroughly.

Access Frequently Asked Questions at:
http://faculty.tcc.edu/bmcnamara
Click on MSDNAA FAQ menu item.

For problems accessing your MSDNAA account, contact: Assistant Professor Bill McNamara, H-245 or e-mail using your VCCS e-mail account at bmcnamara@tcc.edu include your student ID number and a brief explanation of what the problem is.

For problems with the downloading or installation of software refer to the help section in the DREAMSPARK website. It provides explicit instructions on downloading, installation and converting iso files.

DISCLAIMER
TCC will not provide installation instructions, nor is TCC responsible for any data loss during installation.

IT & Business Division
Virginia Beach Campus
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Revised February 20, 2012