There are a few reasons I didn’t go with M$ home server. Cost (i.e. not free), stability, longevity (I heard that they are discontinuing it) and the all important geek factor.
I haven’t been a M$ server admin for that long, just under a year, and only got in the IT field in 2007 after I got out of the Marines. So I wouldn’t call myself a guru, still learning. Just glad the company I work for gave me this shot.
After I get the server to where I want it, I’ll probably set myself up a Ubuntu desktop on a Dell Precision 490 I have, and use it as my main computer. Will still have to keep around a Win7 machine for gaming for now. Be nice if Steam brings more games to the Linux side. I would have no problem dropping windows for good.
The guides have been working for me so far. I don’t anticipate any problems, but I’ll post if needed.
Been fun so far, thanks