Description of the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription

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This article describes the Microsoft Action Pack subscription that is available to Partners. This is an annual subscription that includes Microsoft Partner Guides, Microsoft Project Guides, Partner Readiness Courses, and Microsoft Not-for-Distribution (NFD) software. Additionally, the Plus subscription to the Action Pack includes a one-year subscription to Microsoft bCentral List Builder.

You must remove the NFD software from the computer at the end of the subscription period (one year) unless you renew the subscription or purchase valid product licenses. The software included in the Microsoft Action Pack is subject to change. Previous Action Pack Welcome Kits have included the following products:
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 with Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Enterprise Server
  • Microsoft Mobile Information Server 2002
  • Microsoft Office XP Professional with Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server
  • Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2001
  • Microsoft Publisher 2002
  • Microsoft MapPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server with Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Professional Service Release 1
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Microsoft ISA Server Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2001 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Project 2002 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition

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The Microsoft Partner Action Pack subscription is restricted to resellers, consultants, value-added resellers, value-added providers, system integrators, developers, system builders, hosts, service providers, and IT professionals who sell Microsoft products or provide solutions based on Microsoft products and technologies to third-party customers.

The software products that are included with the subscription are NFD versions. You can use them only for testing, evaluation, demonstration, training, and educational purposes. For example, you can use the Action Pack software to host your company's intranet but the software cannot be used to host a commercial Web site. This is considered a production environment that is outside the scope of the software's intended purpose.

Client Access Licenses

You can purchase additional Client Access Licenses (CALs) from a Microsoft Authorized Distributor. Customers in North America can direct comments, questions, suggestions, or assistance request to the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription Program at the following e-mail address:
E-mail that is sent to will be responded to within 48 hours (Monday–Friday, 6:30 A.M.–5:30 P.M. PT) from the time the that e-mail message is received. If this issue is of an urgent nature, please feel free to call the Microsoft Action Pack Team in North America at (877) 283-1925 (Monday–Friday, 6:30 A.M.–5:30 P.M. PT) to speak with someone immediately.

The Action Pack License Agreement

For additional information about the agreement, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Microsoft Action Pack Subscription PLUS License Agreement Microsoft Action Pack Subscription STANDARD License Agreement
This is an excerpt from the agreement:
Subscription Term and Termination. The term of this Subscription is one (1) year from the date you purchase the Subscription. It is important that you maintain properly licensed Microsoft products. You agree that Microsoft may terminate this Agreement, without prejudice to any other rights or remedies, at any time without prior written notice to you in the event that you:

(a) Violate the End User License Agreements accompanying Microsoft products;

(b) Resell, transfer, or use the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription Product Licenses for any purpose other than demonstration, testing, education, or evaluation; or

(c) Engage in, or participate with any third party in, the unauthorized manufacture, duplication, distribution or use of any Microsoft products or otherwise infringe any other intellectual property right of Microsoft.

(d) Upon expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement, you agree to immediately cease use of and to destroy all copies of any Microsoft Products provided with or licensed under the Subscription, including but not limited to, all Not for Retail Distribution software media and all Microsoft Action Pack Subscription Product License copies.

Additional Information

For additional information about Microsoft Action Pack subscriptions, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Microsoft Action Pack Subscription Information


Article ID: 312310 - Last Review: August 30, 2012 - Revision: 5.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 Standard Edition
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