Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Program:

Click here to login to MSDNAA for the College of Business

Windows 7 Professional is now available! We currently do not have an expected date for Windows Server 2008 R2 availability.
What is MSDNAA?

The Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) provides students and faculty in the OSU College of Business access to download a wide variety of Microsoft products for free educational use. Some of the products available in this program include:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft Visio 2007
  • Microsoft Project 2007
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows Vista Business (CD/DVD) 
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows Server 2003/2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft Access 2007
  • Many more!

This software is made available for educational use only. If you intend to use these programs for personal, business or administrative purposes, you need to purchase a copy of the software.

What about Microsoft Office?

Please note this program does NOT cover the basic Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. OSU students and faculty can purchase Microsoft Office at a significant discount at the OSU Bookstore or directly from Microsoft at

Who can use MSDNAA?

Access to the MSDNAA program is available to all students currently enrolled in a College of Business course, and all teaching COB faculty. This means that only students enrolled for summer COB classes will have access during the summer term.

Will the software work on a Mac?

At this time, all software available from MSDNAA only runs on PC computers running Windows. However, most of the software is compatible with Intel-based Macs running Windows in either Boot Camp or a virtualized environment such as Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion.

How do I access MSDNAA?

New COB students will receive an email message to their ONID account after the second week of each term with MSDNAA account information, including username and password, and instructions for accessing the site and downloading software.

The MSDNAA Software Center is the site with login access to download software. Please note that this site works best with Microsoft Internet Explorer as your web browser. Your username for this site is your complete ONID email address (i.e. Your password was e-mailed to you at the beginning of the term.  If you have forgotten or don't know your password simply click forgot password enter your ONID email address and a new password will be sent to your account.

I get a .ISO file. What is it?

ISO image (.iso) is a file format that is used for CD/DVD burning software. The image contains all the files that are ready to be burnt onto a CD or DVD. Simply, think of a ZIP file. All the files are compressed into one .zip file. They just need to be extracted. An ISO image works the same way. Most CD/DVD authoring utilities can deal with ISO images by copying them onto CD/DVD media.

There are also programs that can virtually "mount" the ISO image so the image can run on a computer without having to burn it onto a CD/DVD. Programs such as CloneDrive or Daemon Tools create virtual drives to mount ISO images.

How do I burn a .ISO file?

To burn an .ISO file using the Bexell computers, please login and find the Home program in Start --> Programs --> Roxio Creator DE.

  1. Find "Copy" on the left side of the column
  2. Choose "Burn Image"
  3. On the right hand side of the program, click on "Browse". This is where your .ISO file is stored. Locate the .ISO and after choosing the file, make sure the path is correct in the drop down menu.
  4. Insert a blank CD or DVD depending on the size of the file.
  5. Finally, click on the "Burn Image" red button at the bottom to begin recording the .ISO to disc.

If you are using a Windows 7 PC, you can right-click on the ISO file, choose 'Open with' and select Windows Disc Image Burner.