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I've just purchased a HP ProLiant Microserver and am trying to fathom which server OS will provide me with the functionality that I want. My other half has just set up a part time business making jewelry I'd like to host her website and email.

As hosting her website and email isn't going to tax the server too much, I'd also like to use it as a media server to host my music and videos (either using DLNA, or MCE), as a WSUS server (just because!) and as a place to backup my desktop and the other half's netbook.

I was considering running W2k8R2 w/ Exchange and WHS in a Hyper-V instance.

What would you guys recommend?
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Could try CentOS it's the free equivalent of red hat enterprise. May be a bit more intimidating if you have no linux experience though.
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I'm not averse to Linux, it's my main OS at work

I'd like to stick with MS tech - I cut my teeth in the enterprise world with it (although nothing more than desktop support and minimal AD maintenance), and would like to learn a little more about how it all works.

I've got some extremely dusty MCSE textbooks floating about that I'd like to get some use out of before the other half makes me take them to the charity shop!
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If you really want to use windows I'd say the hyper-V option is a good one. Perhaps also virtualise the webhost, minimizes the risk of an attacker getting to your home files.
    
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Are you planning on doing all of this over a residential net connection?
    
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It's possible if you design a clean site and use proper image compression. Won't be the fastest site, but it's feasible. I run my 2 sites off of 100 kbytes/sec.
    
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You'd probably be better off doing the following:

1) $1 for 3 years web hosting from hostable
http://hostable.com/
2) Use Google Apps for e-mail (free).
3) Buy domain if you don't have one (Coupon codes for $7.50/yr registration are easy for Godaddy, they have $1/yr registration sales every couple months).
4) Use your server strictly for test lab purposes, at this point it won't matter if it blows up somehow.
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post #8 of 10
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Thanks for the advice guys.

I would be running it off an residential net connection - 10Mbp/s down, 1Mbp/s up. It's not going to be a massive site - just a couple of HTML pages and perhaps a blog. Her current website isn't really rushed off it's feet at the moment, she's only getting a couple of hits per day.

I'd considered using Google Apps for my mail solution - it'll probably help with the issue of spam. I'm still keen on getting to grips with Exchange properly though. I'll probably look at hooking Exchange up with a POP/IMAP connector.

Good call on virtualizing the webhost - it's probably for the best if I minimize the attack surface of my home network.
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post #9 of 10
Looks like you want this server to do ALOT.

I highly recommend going virtual.

Personally, I only use vSphere because I love it.
ESXi is nice, but very limited features. I don't think you can copy a VM.


***Since you want to go MS, I'm assuming you'll be using Exchange... Exchange you will have a lot to learn but you're up for that. It may take a lot to setup (+ maintenance) - have fun with DNS (rDNS).
Edited by quadx - 4/4/11 at 12:28pm
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You can easily copy a VM in ESXi, just by accessing the datastore. I don't think you can do a live migration though (but why would you want to, if you only have one server).
    
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