troubleshooting Question

Hyper-V or VMWARE in Small Business/Development Environment?

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We are currently looking to remodel our server environment.
Currently we have a recently installed Windows 2008 Server (x64). Intel Quad processor with 4GB RAM and two sets of 1TB Raid 1 SATA Disk arrays.  Currently it is only functioning as a Files server, print server, dns,dhcp and primary domain controller.  This server does not have hardly any load.

We have a number of Windows 2003 and 2000 Servers with various configurations to support custom software applications for our clinets.  We are not a big company and only employ 6 people but we currently have about 12 servers of various ages which are more regularly failing due to the aging of the equipment.

What I would like to do is consolidate down to three servers.  

Server 1) Current new domain controller running 2008  Server and to add either Vmware Server or Hyper-V Role so that this system can run two additional servers (One for Sugar-CRM which is windows 2003 with IIS and MySQL Server and One for our inhouse ITSM Solution which is running Windows 2003 Server with our ITSM software on IIS with MS SQL Sever 2005)

Server 2) Build a new server (similar or more powerful than Server 1) to run virtual machines one for each of our current clients.  I was thinking of using Windows 2008 with either VMWare or Hyper-V Role installed and then build a library of Virual Machines, one for each of our customers.  This server would also be a backup domain controller.

Server 3) Retain our Linux Mail Server (SMB Server) which has provided us with faultless operation for over 7 years intsalled on the newest retired server.

I have done some intital investigation on buting either Hyper-v or VMWare on our current dom ain controller and have come  accross some issues:
1) Hyper-V Role will not install - Saya that it cannot install on the version of Windows 2008 server.  Does anyone know why this would be the case as the machine is very new and has the x64 bit version installed?
2) I downloaded the VMWare Server 2.0 and it gives a warning when you try to install so I aborted the process.  

Can anyone advise why I cannot install the Hyper-V or give any advise on a better way of doing this without rebuilding the primary Domain Controller
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