I'm using my MSDNAA access to download Windows Server 2008 R2 which I plan on installing to an old desktop. Before I begin I want to make sure I can do what I want to do with it. For now I want to do the following [I know these are possible on a regular OS install but I want to try a Server for future projects):
iTunes Media Share
Backup (I've read before that there's some good backup software for servers)
Network shares (I'll have Installers and Video's on the server)
I also plan on working out some sort of update system but that's a lower priority).
I want to know if I can do these things (from my understanding there's not much difference between what a server can run and what a regular install can run but again while I know quite a bit about regular Windows OSes I'm a complete rookie on servers).
I'd also like some suggestions on backup software, I seem to remember reading that server 2003 had an excellent backup system that only backup up the necessary data. I'm also going to be a bit less picky with this backup software than I've been in previous discussions. I don't care what format the data is in so long as I get complete backups in as small a space as possible. Compression is a plus, images are OK, must be compatible with all flavors of Windows).
For the network shares I want to make it compatible with all flavors of windows and I want password protection.
Finally, I'd like to set up a remote PC connection. Once the server is complete I plan on removing peripherals and Monitor so I'll need to be able to login to it via a remote PC connection. Ideally I'd have some software on my flashdrive which I'd run through another computer on the network and use a password (could be saved on the flashdrive) to run the connection.
As I won't actually begin this project for at least 3 weeks I'm just looking for general information and not too many specifics.
Update: I got the specs, it's a little weaker than I thought running a celeron at 2.7GHz which means rather than R2 as I first thought I'll be using regular server 2008. It also looks like it's RAM might only be 512MB upgradeable to 1GB. I haven't actually booted the machine to check but the last time I did see it run it loaded XP even faster than my home machine (3.2GHz Pentium D with 2GB of RAM). (I'm thinking the reason it's faster is because XP isn't optimized for Dual Cores and D is actually a Dual core processor that runs like a single core most of the time).