Client want to purchase Windows Server 2008 Standard ( NOT - R2) where can he get a legitmate copy ( and CALS)

I have a client that wants to purchase a copy of SERVER 2008 ( not R2) as his point of sale vendor says it will not work on R2 .

He thinks he can buy a 2012 ( or ?) Server license and downgrade it similar to the way Dell sells Windows 10 machines or Windows 8 machines but get Windows 7 loaded,. ( I do this all the time)  I think it just makes Microsoft able to say they are selling a lot of Win8 or win10

I have searched Amazon, newegg, Ebay, craigslist etc with no results..

Any thoughts on this ?
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
You may be able to do this from a reseller.  Purchase an Open License from your friendly neighborhood reseller or Dell or whomever you can get it from.  You should be able to "downgrade" this to the OS of choice, although I may have forgotten if you can go back this many versions.

Double check before you leap into this.  It has the advantage of your being able to "upgrade" as needed.
Although you can get downgrade rights from 2012 to 2008 r2, those rights don't extend to 2008.

You can probably still get copies of 2008 and CAL's on places like ebay, but you'll have to trust the seller that what you buy is legitimate.

Personally I think your best course of action is to check back with the software manufacturer and make him provide a newer version of the software that also runs on modern platforms, or tweak the current version so it will run on newer OS's, and if they can't, change the manufacturer. Staying with such limited stuff is a dead end and has no future.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I disagree with Rindi.  Microsoft has stated the downgrade rights apply to N-2 (meaning the current version and two previous versions - however, I have clients who only have purchased 2012 R2 and still have access to 2008 (non-R2) and keys in the download site.  It is my interpretation that if MS is going to make the software available via the download site, it's still eligible for downgrade.  

So you should be able to buy a 2012 R2 Server volume license and downgrade that to 2008 (non-R2), obtaining media and keys direct from Microsoft.  All other channels (Retail, OEM) can be downgraded but YOU have to find a way to obtain media legally and Microsoft won't give it to you.

You need to purchase a volume license or ALREADY have 2008 (non-R2) media obtained legally through some other method.

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