2012 Server install on OEM LEnovo Desktop Hardware

We have a customer that requires a server OS for 3 tablet rdp sessions very minimal load.
For budget purposes she wants to use a LENOVO desktop for the hardware...in a year she plans to upgrade the hardware to proper server grade hardware.

PROBLEM:  The 2012 installer OEM disc detects the Win 8 PRO BIOS license and throws this error:

install error
Is there anyway to get around this and load our server os?  We have a legit OEM 2012 server disc and key code
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j-teksolutionsAsked:
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Did the licence and code come with the Lenovo Desktop?
If not who is the OEM for the Server OS?
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
Yes there is already an embedded WIN 8 PRO license I see in the BIOS on the Lenovo.
The OEM is 2012 Standard Retail DVD with Key code
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
It's either OEM or Retail - it can't be both - the two are mutually exclusive  -  if it's OEM you need to be a system builder to install it on a server - or if it's from a manufacturer they need to have supplied it installed - sounds like the Win8 install is OEM Lenovo too.  

Even if your customer gets the Server installation completed onto the Desktop the Server Licence is only good for one machine - do they realise they need a second Server licence when they get around to transferring to new hardware?

At what point are you getting the error with the Server Product Key?
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
so you cannot buy a retail key - say even for Win 7 pro and use this to activate ?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Keys are matched to the installation media - so a server 2012 OEM install disk needs a matching 2012 key - OEM keys are single shot - when activated they register a record of the hardware installed to with Microsoft and, although reinstalls are allowed, the hardware needs to match the computer on record (including CPU unique ID).  

A retail key similarly needs retail media - you can reinstall that on as many machines as you want but it needs to be removed from earlier installations (unless it's covering multiple machines (3 or 5 licence packs)).
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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