I would like to setup a Dell T320 server as a Hyper-V host to run an instance of Windows Server 2012 Essentials and possibly 1 or 2 additional windows 7 VM's. To keep the cost down I am wondering about the viability of running Windows 8 as the hosting OS rather than Server 2012. Would I have any problems getting Windows 8 to run on Dell server hardware? Driver issues? (will have a Perc H710 card in it). Any other drawbacks?
Difference in cost is something like $550 dollars and the only thing I know I won't get is Windows Server backup. I would be installing a third party backup that supports Hyper-V anyway so don't know that I care that Windows won't have a full native backup capability.