UPDATE 09/05/2013 -> Veeam now providing NFR licenses for the newly released v7 of Veeam Backup and Replication – Click the logo below to get yours!
One of the great joys in studying and taking an exam for me is that feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction I get when all the hard work and effort pays off with a successful pass. Over the last few years there has been an added benefit to becoming certified in various technologies. Many companies now offer those holding certifications access to NFR (not for resale) licenses of their products to test either in your home lab or a lab at work. I believe that Veeam was one of the first to offer this benefit, and since then several other companies have jumped on board. This is a great way for companies to get products in the hands of those who will actually use the product and may ultimately have the decision making ability to chose one product over another.
In effort to have one stop shop for all the current vendors offering NFR licenses I have complied a list below. If you know of a company not listed offering NFR licenses please make a note in the comments section and I will get it added.
If you are a VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Professional or VMware Certified Instructor, DataCore Software is offering a FREE 1 year NFR license.
If you are a VMUG member, VMware vExpert, VCP, or VCI you can get a FREE two-socket Not For Resale (NFR) license of NAKIVO Backup & Replication for your home or work lab.
VMware vExperts are offered a free 6 months NFR/Demonstration license to Solarwinds Virtualization Manager.
If you are a VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Professional or VMware Certified Instructor, you can get FREE two licenses of Backup Exec V-Ray Edition along with 12 months of essential support to use in production or non-production environments
NFR Licenses available to Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, Microsoft Certified Professionals, VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals
If you are a VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Professional (VCP) or VMware Certified Instructor (VCI), you can get a FREE 2-socket NFR** license for Veeam Backup & Replication v6.5.
Happy lab time!