I would like to play around with a Windows 2003/XP client/server environment. I have basic networking and virtual machine knowledge, but I would like to learn more so that I can be able to eventually help manage small business domains.
Up until now I've been trying to dig through certification books and videos to gain knowledge, but playing around with Linux in recent days has reminded me that I learn best by just setting a goal and trying to obtain by my own chaotic means rather than following any sequential learning pattern.
So I need help brainstorming what I can do with unlimited Windows 2003 and XP virtual machines. I already know that I want to create a domain server, DNS Server, and attach the XP client, but that's as far as my imagination has taken me. The only limitation that I want to mention is that I don't want to mess around with routers and routing at the moment. I'd prefer things that can be done with all computers on the same subnet. I can also probably get my hands on other server applications, so that should not be any limitation when brainstorming.
So, if you want, pretend your an instructor coming up with some networking projects for your students. More detailed scenarios would also be fun and welcome, as well as general ideas.
BTW, for those who are about to suggest a different server and client OS, I am already set on 2003 and XP for particular reasons.