License question on moving 2012 server to new machine via bare metal restoral after first server failed.

Hi, One of my client's servers went underwater.
I have a good backup and would like to purchase a new server and do a bare metal restoral.
My question is in regards to licensing.

Do I need to purchase another license of the server operating system (Windows Server Essentials 2012r2) or can i just buy a server without an OS, do the restoral, and not worry about it?

The initial server was purchased from Dell, as will the replacement.

Thanks.
bwierzbickiAsked:
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Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Depends on the limitations included in the license you have. If it was installed on the server when it was purchased, it most likely falls under an OEM license, which does not support transfer to new hardware. If it was a retail or volume license, those usually support transfer to new hardware.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I agree with the above and the likelihood is that the client has an OEM Server License (common) and so not transportable.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
bwierzbicki   - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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bwierzbickiAuthor Commented:
Thanks John,
You always seem to be there to help. I really appreciate it.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, I am always around here :)
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