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Server 2012 Evaluation Activation

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Microsoft Legacy OSMicrosoft Server OSWindows Server 2012
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I have installed Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation on a new server and I am having a problem activating it.  I had to get the server up and running so that is why I downloaded the evaluation version from Technet.  I purchased an OEM version of Windows Servers 2012 STD 2 CPU/VM for OEM Software.  When I try to activate using the key that I have I get the following.

The product key you have entered will not work with this edition of windows server 2012.

You must either run windows server 2012 setup or enter a windows server 2012 standard evaluation product key

When I try to use slmgr /ipk product key I get the following error.

Error: 0xC004F069 on a computer running Microsoftwindows non-core edition, run 'slui.exe 0x2a 0xC004f069' to display the error text

The problem that I have right now is that I removed the evaluation product key from my server and the server is rebooting ever two hours or so.

I used the slmgr.vbs /upk to remove the product key.

I do not know if I need to purchase a different key (retail or Open License) to get the evaluation version to work.

Thanks for the help in advanced.
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