Least expensive Exchange 2016 purchase options

What are the least expensive options for buying Exchange 2016 that I can purchase and integrate with Office 365?

My test environment has less than 10 users.

This will be used in my lab environment only for testing purposes so I can learn how to fully integrate Office 365 with an on site Exchange server.
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viktor grantExchange ServersCommented:

You can use the evaluation version in order to make test. You have 120 days that you can use Exchange without license.

IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
What are the cheapest options for purchasing Exchange 2016 with an active license?
I agree with Victor. Using an evaluation version might be your only real option. A technet subscription used to be the way to go, but now that that's gone, the closest thing is an MSDN subscription. If you have a DBA, you could look into becoming a Microsoft partner in order to access the catalog. One last option to look into is bizspark.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
I never heard of action pack, but after reading it seems like a great option. For $500 per year.  During this time you can figure out an exit plan if this does work.
You get 10 free tech support calls too.
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
What do these 10 free tech support calls cover? Do these things cover advanced server support which would usually be what a gold service plan partnership agreement would cover?
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I spoke with Action pack Tech support and they said that the 10 tech support calls can be used for any Microsoft product (just like what a Microsoft Gold Partner support agreement can be used for).
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