Tips from the Information Technology Online Program Chair

Ioana Constantin, IT Program Chair for the Online Division, shares information about the many resources available to IT Students.


Our ELMS Portal, the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance – E-Academy License Management System, is part of our MSDN Academic Alliance membership and it is an integrated Microsoft solution for providing fully licensed versions of most Microsoft software to IT students. Globe University/Minnesota School of Business pays for an ongoing subscription to this service so that IT students would have many Microsoft software packages available for free through immediate download. These packages are fully functional, and may be used for educational purposes only.

Available Downloads

All operating systems that Microsoft currently supports are available, including (but not limited to):

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

Also, many different versions of each of these can be downloaded, for example: Home Edition, Professional, x86, 64-bit, and so on. The list is very long, but here are some more examples of available software packages:

  • Visual Studio .NET (many versions, including server versions) and 2010
  • SharePoint Designer and SharePoint Server
  • Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Access
  • SQL Server
  • Virtual PC
  • Exchange Server
  • Expression Studio

Most other software packages that Microsoft currently sells or supports are included, except Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are not included as free downloads from this site.

How to Get an ELMS Account    

As a student registered for an IT course, you should have received your login credentials in an email at the beginning of the quarter, or the first time you started taking IT classes through our school. If you did not receive an automated email from Microsoft ( with your login credentials and instructions, and wish to take advantage of the available downloads, please contact our Helpdesk ( by sending an email from your student account with the subject “MSDNAA-ELMS” and include your name, campus, and the IT course in which you are enrolled. Your credentials should then be emailed to you within 36 hours.

Instructors teaching an IT course also have access to the portal. Please contact helpdesk if you still need your credentials!


Sample Email to Helpdesk

Here’s a sample email body that you may use:




Hello Helpdesk,

Please send me my MSDNAA-ELMS welcome email so I can access the ELMS site. I am a <student/instructor> on the <insert your campus> campus. This quarter I am <enrolled/teaching> in the following IT classes:

<list all classes with DB, IT, NT, SD, or WD as code prefixes> <include section> <students, include your instructor names>

Kindest regards,

<include your complete name>


The process of obtaining the software may involve downloading an *.iso file and burning a DVD or CD collection of installation disks. You can find more instructions on the Portal under FAQs: “How to burn an ISO file to a CD in order to install the software”. You may download a software package only once, so , since many of our IT courses require software installations, it would be wise to plan your downloads carefully and keep them (and the activation codes) well organized.

I hope you will take full advantage of this great resource available to us! Please feel free to contact our helpdesk, me or your instructors if you need more information about MSDN Academic Alliance ELMS.

Kind regards,

Ioana Constantin