I am looking at creating a home server but I am not sure about the kit to buy.
I need it to be on 24/7 so noise (pref fanless) and power consumption is a priority.
I want to use it to run AD, Exchange, Forefront, IIS, FTP and file shares (possibly a media server and vent server, but I realise this is pushing it).
Most of this will be very light usage, more just to play with myself, with at most half a dozen mailboxes, very minimal FTP and IIS use. I don't really want to go down the route of anything big at the moment as it is mostly for my own curiosity, and cost is a huge factor for me.
It's been recommended to look at an Atom as the base for the build due to them being very cheap and very low power consumption. While that would be fine for WHS, with just media and file sharing, I am wondering how it would cope with the likes of exchange on full fat windows server.
Has anyone tried something similar before or has any insight into how this may perform (or not, as the case may be)