So I'm buying Technet Pro with the aim of using some licenses for my many PC's but also to have a domain at home ... in addition it will allow me to play with virtualisation and virtualised PC's with the possible aim of gaining MS Tech qualifications.
I want the server to replace my 1TB NAS server, to act as a domain controller and to be fairly low power and I'm looking at the following as a basis for the machine:
- Gigabyte S1155 Intel H67 DDR3 mini-ITX motherboard
- Intel Pentium Dual Core G840 2.8GHz LGA1155
- Akasa Crypto Media Mini ITX Case 60W - VESA Edition (checking the link for this it seems there is an 80W edition only slightly more expensive).
- Samsung 1TB Spinpoint MT2 SATA-300 5400RPM 8MB 2.5" Mobile HD
- 8GB Memory (I can probably source this cheaper elsewhere)
These are all available via Dabs (at least at time of writing), doesn't break the bank and I don't need a DVD as I have a USB portable I can attach to it for installing the OS and anything else as required.
An alternative system might be to switch the motherboard & CPU for an Intel D525MW Atom D525 1.66GHz VGA Out Mini-ITX Motherboard which would save me money and (presumably) be lower on power usage but Intel don't officially support 2008 on such a system.
My biggest question lies around the PSU ... is 60W enough? The server won't be doing much, possibly a little experimental virtualisation (nothing too stressful) except act as a DC to about 7 clients, file & print share, maybe WSUS.
I have tried a number of online power supply calculators with mixed results (all higher than 60W) but none of them really reflect the board or CPU I'm considering or the role it will play (a domain controller in a home situation doing little else but file & print. The cheaper dual core atom mentioned above would most definitely be lower power and it seems to me a case with a 60W PSU must be able to host more systems than just atom ones.
Anyway, any advice appreciated