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So I am starting a position as a contractor for an on-site tech company. They recommend having installation CDs for each OS. In the past, I'd tell customers to re-order their recovery CDs, which wouldn't work in this case.

I saw TechNet you can download full software, but that's insanely expensive [$200] for just the downloads. Is there ANYWHERE else I could gain access to just the CDs/DVDs without the licenses? I can't afford to pay $200 out of pocket for that.

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$200 for Technet "insanely expensive"? Access to media for most products and two free support calls. Seems pretty reasonable. Especially at 2AM when you need media or help. –  Dave M Feb 29 '12 at 21:10
    
@Dave, it's expensive when you're paying out of pocket. And all I need are the ISO files. I'd rather not pay if I can help it. –  Joseph Feb 29 '12 at 21:18

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Since all you need is the media, I'd recommend Bittorrent, but with the qualification that you need to be very careful what you download.

Only download well-recommended files with many seeds to minimize the chance of getting a cracked copy.

Also, searching for the full and correct name of an ISO should help minimize possible malware. Then always mount the ISO's and run full scans with a few different malware tools and AV scanners just to be completely sure.

Before I worked someplace that had TechNet this is what I did for years, and taking these and other common-sense precautions I have never found I was using a bad or cracked disk.

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Do you have a recommended site to search for? And yea, the idea would be to use the customer's existing license should they not have their disk. –  Joseph Feb 29 '12 at 21:01
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You might look over here for the legit MS ISO downloads (which yes, are readily available): superuser.com/questions/78761/… –  Shinrai Feb 29 '12 at 21:02
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I'd just google the full name of the ISO file and add the word "torrent". For server 2008 r2 with sp1 it's: SW_DVD5_Windows_Svr_DC_EE_SE_Web_2008_R2_64Bit_English_w_SP1_MLF_X17-22580 –  music2myear Feb 29 '12 at 21:12
    
Or this question, same info as the other question link, but it explains more about where the ISO's are coming from. –  Scott Chamberlain Feb 29 '12 at 21:43

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