ECE Technical Services

Microsoft© DDreamspark Program

*** To sign up for the Dreamspark program to recieve software please read the following ***

If you are a currently enrolled College of Engineering student and wish to get access to the Dreamspark system please send an email to with your Engineering email address in the subject line. Please note that I have to use your email address to register you with the software hosting system and you will get email with a username and password information to access the site. The hosting company (Kivuto Solutions, Inc) claims the email address is not sold, but it is your email address so please keep that in mind.

If you have question or concerns please let me know via email Thanks

Site location: MSDNAA Program Site

What is the Dreamspark Program?

Dreamspark is an annual membership program designed especially for academic labs, faculty, and students in the curriculum areas of Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Systems. The program has two primary goals: 1) to make it easier and less expensive for you to get Microsoft developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional and research purposes and 2) to build a community of instructors who can share curriculum and other learning resources to support the use of these technologies.

What are the benefits of joining the program?

  • Dreamspark software
  • Subscription includes a special license amendment to the standard MS End User License Agreement that grants you enhanced rights to load the software included in the subscription onto any number of departmental lab machines for instructional and research purposes only
  • License amendment also enables students taking at least one credit course within your department to download the software to their personal machines for use in coursework and personal development projects
  • Web site with many resources for faculty teaching Computer Science, Engineering, and Info Systems courses
  • Tutorials, code samples, projects, academically focused white papers, case studies, and other content that is appropriate and useful
  • Regularly scheduled chats with our PSS technicians on various technologies
  • Monitored Newsgroups for faculty to communicate and collaborate with one another
  • Project submission area where faculty can share and collaborate on projects

What products/services are included in the Dreamspark subscription?

  • Visual Studio
  • .NET Enterprise Servers
  • Includes Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Commerce Server, BizTalk Server, Host Integration Server, Application Center Server, Systems Management Server
  • All Microsoft operating systems, SDKs, DDKs
  • Betas, new releases, updates
  • Visio
  • MSDN Library
  • Documentation, technical articles, code samples
  • Knowledge Base technical support library
  • Professional Tech Support
  • 4 setup and install incidents for program administrator
  • Tech Support newsgroup for program administrator
  • Development tools for Windows CE
  • Monthly CD-based software shipments with updates

What are the requirements?

Program software may be used only for instruction and not for profit research--not to run the infrastructure of the department Membership is limited to departments within a qualified not-for-profit, accredited educational institution in the US and Publicly-funded schools in Canada.
Free downloads are available only to those students (other than continuing education students) taking credit courses within the department that is a member of the program Students may not have the media, they may either download from a server or check out CDs from a library or lab


Examples of Acceptable Instructional and Research Use:
Examples include but are not limited to:

  • A department may use Windows as an instructional tool for teaching operating systems concepts or theory.
  • A department may use SQL Server 2000 to teach the concepts, theory, or procedures of database structures, database administration, or similar database-related courses.
  • A department may use Visual Studio to teach concepts, theory, or procedures in programming or language courses and may use Windows as the operating system to run Visual Studio or other programming languages.
  • A department may use Exchange Server 2000 to teach the theory, concepts, or procedures of messaging or collaboration.
  • A department may use Commerce Server 2000 and/or BizTalk Server 2000 to teach the theory, concepts, or procedures of e-commerce.
  • A department may use Windows for research projects related to operating systems; SQL Server 2000 for research projects related to databases; Exchange Server 2000 for research projects related to messaging and collaboration; Visual Studio 6.0 for research projects related to programming languages.

Examples of Unacceptable Use:
Examples include but are not limited to:

  • The software that is part of this Program may not be used in a lab that is not affiliated with a department that is part of the Program. As such, it may not be used in labs in other departments for courses that do not pertain to the teaching and/or learning of the Products or concepts related to the Products.
  • School IT staff may not use the Products to develop applications for the academic institution infrastructure.
  • Windows may not be used as the operating system in a lab that is not used to facilitate the teaching and/or learning of development concepts, theories, and procedures.
  • Exchange Server 2000 may not be used to setup internal email systems for the department or school infrastructure.
  • SQL Server 2000 may not be used to setup a school-wide internal database.
  • Commerce Server 2000 may not be used to run e-commerce applications for the academic institution.
  • BizTalk Server 2000 may not be used to run supplier enablement functions for the academic institution.
  • None of the Products may be used on any departmental computer that supports the operations of the college, such as Accounting, Admissions, Facilities, IT, etc.