Windows Server 2012 Evaluation

Can Windows Server 2012 Evaluation be reinstalled after the 6 month evaluation for another 6 months?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Not legally. Doesn't sound like you are evaluating the product either. The eval agreement strictly disallows production use.
tailoreddigitalAuthor Commented:
I'm looking to get familiar with it.    If after 6 months, i can reinstall, i can continue getting familiar.   I'm using it in a virtualbox.    I've seen plenty of tutorial videos of people using the evaluation version for learning, not really evaluating it.  Is that illegal?
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
You should be able to delete the old evaluation partition and install a fresh one. You will still be in evaluation mode but it should work.
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tailoreddigitalAuthor Commented:
That's what i was wondering.   Do you happen to know of a Microsoft page that points that out?   I'm not trying to break the rules, just verify i can do this.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Keep in mind that no advice here is legally binding. If you disagree with a contract (and a EULA is a contract) then you should reach out to a lawyer. So with that said, as I've already stated, using an eval as you are suggesting is illegal. Microsoft puts strict restrictions on how an eval can bbused, and long term educational use is specifically called out as requiring a full license. Otherwise every university with a computer science program would simply re-image with eval editions regularly. 6 months is plenty of time to evaluate a product. And if you need more time, that's a big red flag that you are probably (unintentionally) breaking the rules.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
You can also download a new eval file and start over.  This resolves the entire situation. if necessary, use a secondary email address. It's only an evaluation, not a long term license.

You can go to the legal page of Microsoft's site, but I don't think it's really a good use of time based on what you have mentioned.

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tailoreddigitalAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the points of view.
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