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We have an older server that we are using to evaluate some software we are looking to purchase.  I set it up with a Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 180 day trial for this evaluation.  that trial has since expired and I am trying to determine what me best course of action would be going forward.  My thought is that once we decide to move forward with this software that i will likely end up purchasing a new server for better performance so i am not sure what i should do? or even what i can do....

Obviously I could just buy a license for the 2012 R2 Standard, but what i am wondering is if its possible to purchase a 2016 license and activate it on a 2012 system?  and if so, could i then in the future potentially move this license to a new server with 2016 installed at some point down the road?

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