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I am assuming that if I do the following, all I will have to do is possibly reactive windows?

I have 2 servers with identical hardware (same model).

Server A and B are running Raid 1 on drive ports 0 and 1. Drive port 2 is for nightly backup.
Server B is not doing anything right now. I am using it as a spare.

If there is a hardware failure on Server A, I am planning to just move all the HDDs to server B.
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Technically, yes. However you are breaking the EULA if the OS is OEM as it is tied to the motherboard and non-transferable. If this is retail then you are OK to reactivate.
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This is retail. But if it was OEM, there is no way to transfer it if your hardware dies?
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No. The license dies with the machine thus the lower cost of license for OEM.
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