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Dan Nohl, Ph.D., Director
Janea Franklin, Office Assistant

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Benedictine University
Birck Hall, Room 119
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532


(630) 829-6550

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Computer Science & Information Systems
MSDNAA Academic Alliance


The fastest algorithm can frequently be replaced by one that is almost as fast and much easier to understand.

- D. Jones

What is the MSDN Academic Alliance?
What is the MSDNAA License Amendment?
What are the Program Restrictions?
How do I obtain MSDNAA Software?
What MSDNAA Software is available to me?

What is the MSDN Academic Alliance?

The MSDN Academic Alliance is a program for technical departments in the area of Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Systems. The program has a primary goal to make it easier and less expensive for you to obtain Microsoft developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional and research purposes. The Computer Science and Information Systems department of Benedictine University is a member of MSDNAA. MSDNAA provides the latest developer tools, servers, and platforms from Microsoft to faculty and students of the Computer Science and Information Systems department. This software may be installed on any number of departmental lab machines. In addition, the department’s faculty and students may check-out or download the software to install on their personal computers. The software may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department. The most significant benefit is the MSDNAA License Amendment, which permits departments to install the software on any number of lab machines and permits faculty and students to install the software on their personal computers. The software available can be classified into three major categories:     

Developer Tools and Applications

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2008
  • Microsoft Visual Studio© 2008 Express
  • Microsoft Visio Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Project Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Access 2007

Platforms and Servers

  • Windows XP Professional with SP3
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • SQL Server 2008 Developer


  • MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008
  • MSDN Library


What is the MSDNAA License Amendment?

The MSDNAA License Amendment offers the following benefits:

  • Permits the following individuals to install MSDNAA software on their personal computer for use in coursework and personal non-commercial projects:
    • Students taking at least one for-credit course offered by the member department
    • Faculty members of the member department
    • Staff directly responsible for administering the MSDNAA program
  • Authorizes a member department to make the software available by creating copies of MSDNAA CDs for checkout.
  • Enables a member department to install MSDNAA software on any number of departmental lab machines for instructional and research purposes only

What are the program restrictions?

  • The software tools and technologies provided by MSDNAA are restricted to instructional use and noncommercial research only.
  • The software that is part of the MSDNAA program may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department or the school. Prohibited uses of MSDNAA software include storing student records, hosting e-mail servers, and running actual e-commerce applications.
  • Windows may only be installed to support MSDNAA tools and technologies.
  • Only a department that is a member of MSDNAA may use the software. It may not be shared among other member or non-member departments.
  • Software that is part of the program may only be made available to students who are taking at least one for-credit course within the member department.
  • After the membership has expired (and not been renewed), the department may not make MSDNAA software available to students, faculty, and staff. Software installed prior to the expiration of the membership may continue to be used for the purposes consistent with the license terms.
  • Student may not keep the CD media they borrow except for the MSDN Library CDs.


How do I obtain MSDNAA Software?

Software is obtained through the MSDN Academic Alliance Software Center. Your instructor will obtain your email address during the first week of your CIS/CMSC class. By the second week of class, you will receive an email from MSDNAA indicating your login name and password. You then may download selected software from the Software Center site. Software not listed on the Software Center site may be obtained from Dr. Daniel Nohl, the site administrator for Benedictine University. Contact information for Dr. Nohl is: office-015C Birck Hall, phone-(630) 829-6560 or


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