Windows Server 2008 R2 builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008, expanding existing technology and adding new features to enable organizations to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures.
This software is for evaluation and testing purposes. The evaluation is available in ISO format. Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter editions are available via the same download. You will be prompted for edition installation at setup. Evaluating any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 software does not require entering a product key, however will require activation within 10 days. Failing to activate the evaluation will cause the licensing service to shut the machine down every hour (The 10 day activation period can be reset five (5) times by using the rearm command. See below for further information on activation rearm). Once activated, the evaluation will run for 180 days. After this time, you will need to uninstall the software or upgrade to a fully-licensed version of Windows Server 2008 R2.
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Note that the files are language-specific, where “EN” is English, "FR" is French, "ES" is Spanish, “DE” is German, “CN” is Traditional Chinese and “JP” is Japanese. Further languages are supported through the Windows Server Language Packs, please visit the Windows Server 2008 R2 Multilingual User Interface Language site for further information.
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Can the eval copy be registered using a valid key, other words, if I build a test environment on R2 can I registerd the eval copy or does it totally bomb out after 180 days?
Once activated, the evaluation will run for 180 days. After this time, you will need to uninstall the evaluation software and reinstall a fully-licensed version of Windows Server 2008 R2.
If we have a trial version of WindowsServer2008 R2 and have purchased a fully licensed version, can we simply enter the key of the fully licensed version and avoid reinstalling?