Windows 2008 Availability

Posted on 2012-09-05
Last Modified: 2012-10-16
Is Windows 2008 R2 still available since the release of 2012? CDW apparently no longer carries it.
Question by:nsgguy245

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    I was able to purchase a copy yesterday from TigerDirect. The sale is on. There is no way they would discontinue sales of 2008 this early.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Buy 2012 Volume license and use the downgrade rights - you'll be able to download the Server 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012 from the Volume License web site and use whatever you want.
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    You can buy Windows Server in three ways...

    1) OEM - the server hardware is supplied with the software pre-installed. You might be able to find a supplier who will provide this, but you will to shop around

    2) Full Boxed Product - Buying it off the shelf. Again, you might be able to find someone with an old stock item.

    3) Volume licenses - This gives you the permissions to downgrade, but not the media and license keys. This you have to obtain from other areas - hopefully you can get his from you volume portal or microsoft partner

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