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Does anyone know where I would be able to download an .iso of an evaluation version of windows server 2003?
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by:ShareefHuddle
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by:opike
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When I click on the link "Register to download Windows Server 2003 R2 release candidate software" it takes me to a page to download 2008.

I need 2003 since I'm testing an OS compatibility issue.
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by:ProgSysAdmin
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Do you have a license for Windows Server 2008?
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by:akhalighi
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ah ... I don't think it's available on-line . you can still get it if you have MSDN subscription...
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by:pettt
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You may try this:
http://www.uloz.to/hledej/?q=server+2003+iso+trial&category=1

Be careful ! as this is by far not official source o MSFT iso images :O)
For the testing only, you may get lucky and find what you looking for.
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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Do you have, or could you qualify for, a Technet Plus or MSDN subscription? This is by far the cheapest legitimate way to get access to older Microsoft software.
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by:opike
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dariusq:
The page you posted has this:
"Enter the product key exactly as it appears in the order confirmation e-mail you received. " 

Do I need a product key to use it for an eval?

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by:opike
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There's also the option of running it as a VHD which I can download from here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=77f24c9d-b4b8-4f73-99e3-c66f80e415b6&displaylang=en

But in order to run the vhd using virtual PC I need windows 7 professional or ultimate and I only have home premium.
(according to this link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx)
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by:Darius Ghassem
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No you don't it is an eval copy
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by:ProgSysAdmin
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Why do you need an evaluation version of windows server 2003 R2 when there is an evaluation version of windows server 2008?
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by:opike
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As I already stated:
"I need 2003 since I'm testing an OS compatibility issue."

To elaborate:
I already have 2008. The software I'm using is officially certified with 2003 and is not working as expected on 2008. I want to see if I can reproduce the issue on 2003.
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