I need to learn a lot more about the guts of Windows server.

My current knowledge consists of what I picked up from our former corporate IT guys and from what limited access I have to our local servers at work. For some reason they don't want me poking around in AD at work.

So, the plan is to build a server at home where I can break it as much as I want without upsetting anyone.

Since we are setting up some virtualized servers here, I figure I need to look into this at some point as well.

Since this server will not be under much load, I should be able to get away with a desktop CPU, but how much CPU and memory do I really need.

I also don't know that I really need raid 5 capability.

So, any suggestions from the server guru's here would be appreciated.

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