Not negative (IMO) but just matter-of-fact. The situation did not fit the
explanation and I was simply pointing that out and trying to reconcile the
difference. I tend to be very blunt, I work on computers after all....facts
and figures work better for me. Sometimes that comes across with an edge,
but it is neither positive or negative in my mind. I apologize if you
interpreted it as such.
With that out of the way, I stand by my previous assessment. you put out a
request for help...but the problem is your request simply cannot be
adequately filled. I can request help in funding my desire for a new
car...but there is no obligation for people to follow through on my request.
In your circumstance, the consensus is that you've laid out competing
requirements: free, not trial, and for a server. You have to choose which
of those you are willing to give up, pure and simple. Receiving feedback
from people telling you "no" and explaining why is *not* negative feedback.
It is simply a statement of fact...and to some extent an explanation of
*why* the answer is no.
Finally, I should point out that if you are in the business of providing
solutions to other people then you have to accept that there is a cost to
doing business. It is one thing for a time-strapped IT guy to come in here
asking for free software because his manager asked him get something done
and he is responsible for a non-IT company's private server. But
consultants, such as yourself (and myself for that matter) accept that this
*is* our business. I spend a lot of money on training, books, hardware, and
software. And Believe me, I understand a tight budget. But sometimes you
just have to knuckle down and do it anyways. As a recommendation from one
shop to another....purchase some licenses for *multiple* products so you can
demo them to potential customers, use them for temporary onsite
installations, and such. If you do, you'd already have a product you could
use for exactly this scenario. Then, if the project goes forward, you
simply include the cost of that license in your statement and buy yourself a
new license. ;) Works out great.
If you reach out to the various security vendors, you can become a reseller
for most of them and get NFR licenses to do exactly this anyways...for demo
uses and personal use. Most companies have free or significantly reduced
partner licensing agreements (think Action Pack for Microsoft) and you get
added advertising exposure and resources by being a partner. It is a