Microsoft Server OS license/software for development

Is there a way to obtain MS server OS for development or testing purposes, not for use in production for free?
I have 3 servers I would like to run data center edition on for my lab.
We're a non-profit, so not sure if that would help any in obtaining licenses/software for that cause?
DanNetwork EngineerAsked:
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Rich WeisslerConnect With a Mentor Professional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterCommented:
Free options include running 180 day evaluation versions, which might meet you needs for testing and development.  (I haven't tried licensing re-arming the latest versions to get additional time.)

As a non-profit, you also have the option of getting MSDN (which is licensed per user) from Tech Soup.
Cliff GaliherConnect With a Mentor Commented:
No.  Microsoft offers MSDN subscriptions for developers, and several subscriptions come with software for dev use. But the subscriptions are not free either, but can be significantly less expensive than retail license in most cases.
DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
after the post, I logged into techsoup and I don't see how I can use msdn to obtain windows SO software, as it only mentiones visual studio with MSDN for programming.
I did see that they have data center licenses fairly check for the admin cost, so I'll pick up a few of those.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Eval editions really are only for evaluation. If you develop any code that ever gets used in production, you've violated the eval agreement.  I can't recommend that path given the OP's goal.
DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
yes, I'm just going to buy the data center licenses that I need via techsoup, they are cheap enough.
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