I know I need to speak to a Microsoft Rep for 100% clarity, but I figure I'd ask here first.
As far as I can tell, there is no difference in product between Server 2008 R2 Standard Academic vs Standard... other than the Academic version being 25% of the price and requiring a minimum of 5 CALs. The server being built is going to be used in a school with 40 CALs minimum.
Am I completely off-mark, or are they exactly the same except pricing? Ie- every role works the same, policies and everything else 100% the same?