I've decided to go on an adventure and attempt to create a server for my home network. At this stage I'm not entirely sure what I have in mind - I've been given a brief explanation of cloud computing which sounds interesting; however I have more questions over the actual workings of it and whether I want to create a private cloud for my home or not.
I've come across this server: http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/servers/servers/auction-560637085.htm, and I have a copy of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 from Dreamspark (via my university credentials).
Reviewing the system requirements for Server 2012, it seems the server above meets them except for the DVD drive (the copy of Server/System Center is currently on a USB stick and will be installed from that - if it can?).
I also have a copy of Lync 2012. It would be quite interesting to create a switchboard at home if I decide to go for VoIP (decided when fibre optic plans are released by TelstraClear, and whether VoIP will be offered by them).
Basically - would the server I've linked to above be suitable for Server 2012, or do I need to decide what I'm wanting out of the server to evaluate its suitability. Or, with what Server 2012 is capable of, so is the server?
My IT admin friend from Texas also mentioned to me VMware so I could run Server 2012 and a Linux based server OS on the same machine simultaneously.