The Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) is a licensing program provided by Penn State University which allows all students, faculty, and staff to use various Microsoft™ software products and online resources for academic and non-profit research purposes.
Please note: There are restrictions on the use of these products and resources!
MSDNAA Can be accessed here: http://msdn05.e-academy.com/psma_ist
*** Effective October 12, 2007 ***
The MSDNAA download server is no longer located within the borders of the Penn State network. If you are a student living in a Mont Alto residence hall and are downloading software from the MSDNAA website, the data transmitted WILL BE COUNTED AGAINST YOUR BANDWIDTH ALLOTMENT.
ACCOUNT RELATED ANSWERS
Q: What is my ELMS login id/username?
A: For consistency Penn State Mont Alto has based your ELMS userid on your PSU Access ID. Thus, your ELMS login id is your PSU email address ([AccessID]@psu.edu). However, since ELMS is independent of the Access ID account your password will be different.
Q: What is my password?
A: The College has no way of identifying your password since this is a completely independant system (your ELMS password is not associated with any other account passwords, including your PSU Access Account password). Your initial password will be emailed to your PSU email address when your account is created. If you have forgotten your password you can have it mailed to you through the ELMS system using the Account Password Form. Remember, your ELMS username is your PSU email address: [AccessID]@psu.edu and your password will be emailed to this address.
Q: I forgot my password, how do I get a new one?
A: You can have your current password emailed to your PSU email address through the ELMS system using the Account Password Form . Your password will be emailed almost instantaneously. However, if you still need to have your password reset by us, submit your name and PSU Access ID by clicking here. If you have an active account, a new password will be mailed to your PSU address within two business days.
Q: I'm having trouble loging in, do I have an ELMS account?
A: First, be certain you are using the correct login id (being your NetID email address). You can submit your ELMS userid to the Account Password Form to determine if your account has already been created. If you are still having problems, submit your name, and Access ID to here. If you are a faculty or staff member, your account will be activated and an email with your login information will be sent to your PSU email address. If you are a student and you have an active ELMS account, you should supply more information about the types of login problems you are encountering. We will contact you for more information if necessary.
Q: How long will my ELMS account be active?
A: Your ELMS account will be active each semester as long as you are an eligible participant of the MSDNAA license... meaning as long as you are a current student of Penn State Mont Alto or employed by Penn State Mont Alto.
ELMS RELATED ANSWERS
Q: What is ELMS?
A: ELMS is the (E)lectronic (L)icense (M)anagement (S)ystem used to distribute the software that is a part of the MSDNAA license. This system maintains an accurate record of software downloads and ensures the security of the MSDNAA license. Through ELMS an encoded file containing the program software is downloaded from a server located on Mont Alto campus and a license certificate is downloaded from the ELMS system. Both files combined allow you to install the software on your local computer.
Q: What is e-academy?
A: E-Academy is the company that is providing the distribution system and the secure process for software downloads (ELMS). For more information you can see their website at http://www.e-academy.com/.
Q: Where is the cd-key / product serial number?
A: The cd-key / product serial number is included in the Purchase Confirmation email you receive and the packing slip webpage that displays after you begin the download.
Q: I have more than one computer, can I install the same software on both/all of them?
A: In order to install more than once you must request a re-install through the Support section of the ELMS website. This system was designed this way to guard against abuse of the license.
MSDNAA RELATED ANSWERS
Q: Who is eligible to participate in this license?
A: Penn State Mont Alto full/part time students and faculty. Students and employees at other University locations should check with their local campus representatives.
Q: Will Microsoft Office ever be included in the license?
A: The MSDNAA license is specifically for development software, not business applications. Thus, Microsoft Office will not be included in the MSDNAA license. However, some elements of Microsoft Office are made available, including Access 2003, OneNote 2003, and InfoPath 2003 and Visio 2003. Currently, there are no plans to participate in other licensing programs which may include Office.
Q: How long can I use the software I installed?
A: You are able to continue to use indefinitely any software you install on your computer while you are an eligible participant of this license.
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