(I'll put this here and not in the Win Server section because I'm more likely to go with Linux)
Here's my latest server conundrum. (I ditched my previous plans) I plan to run two servers, one virtual and one physical, for complicated reasons, mostly one of the two at a time.
The specs are as follows:
VMware Workstation 12 Player
Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition (4 cores) 4.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual core 4200+ 2.2 GHz
4 GB DDR3 RAM 2133 MHz
4x1 GB DDR RAM 333 MHz
Seagate Desktop 800 GB SATA HDD
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB SATA HDD
The first will be run most of the time and I plan to use it for a modded Minecraft 1.7.10 server, NAS for backups (Samba most likely) and possibly web hosting (maybe)
The second is mainly to be used when I'm out but need a server online, for cloud storage, possibly a duplicate of the web site from the first server, and potentially a vanilla Minecraft 1.8 server.
I planned on trying out Gentoo Linux despite being a bit of a Linux novice and if that didn't work out to use Ubuntu 14 LTS Server or CentOS 6. (Maybe a GUI with CentOS)
The second (physical) server may also need to be used for burning discs (as it has 4 SATA and 2 IDE, being the only PC in the house capable of running all our CD drives at once) so I planned on dual-booting it with XP.
But I could always use Windows for this if Linux would be too difficult (I'm glad to take a learning experience though) or probably be the better option if I decide to go with a GUI.
So basically I need to choose between having a GUI or not, and also a particular OS from the following:
Ubuntu 14 LTS Server
Windows Server 2003 (There is a "Longhorn build" that is exactly Server 2003 which I could always use)
Windows Server 2016 TP4
Windows NT 4.0 Server (Silly, but possible)
Would I be better off to go with a GUI? Do these plans sound good or are there any recommendations anyone can make?