Server Spec For a Small Business?
I used to work in a large high school (which is why i still rely on this place so heavily as i used to use it daily) I'm now working in a small business with about 45 users and computers. We are on a workgroup network, no domain, and i want to put in a server to do the following:
Run a few VM's with virtual box to keep some mailboxes and their rules running so that automated responses can be sent out 24x7
Run PDQ Deploy to dish out my software updates on a schedule in the early hours, seeing as Group Policy is not an option
Run WOL2 to wake all devices up prior to deploy schedule and maybe shut down everything on a schedule at the end of the day.
I may then start using it for more in the future but those are the core requirements now. There's no server rack so i'd be looking for a Tower and not really sure what spec i should be aiming for an also do i even want to bother with a copy of Windows Server, i might as well just stick a version of 7 on there as i imagine i wont get a copy of Server bundled with the hardware?
As for the VM mailboxes, i'd need some licenses to run them, can you get any dirt cheap XP or Vista licenses these days or would i be looking at more 7 licenses?