I'm looking to get a HP ProLiant Gen 8 Microserver, the G1610T version.
What I'm looking to do with it are as follows :
Install either VM Ware ESXi or Hyper-V on this and run a couple of virtual machines (3 or 4 max)
Install a HDMI compatable PCI graphics card and use one of the virtual and a XMBC client for my TV (the box will be in my living room in my TV cabinet, next to my internet connection and router)
Use this as a NAS box to serve as a media server, and a time machine backup for my iMac and Macbook pro
Have a spare OS for testing different applications and servers for work (MDM servers, File Access servers, personal clouds)
I am all ready aware I will need to install more ram into this machine, and will be looking to upgrade this to 16gb as soon as I get the thing.
Currently all my media is on 2 2tb external drives connected to my iMac which is then shared to my apple tv. Now I don't want my iMac on all the time as it is now, as I want to bee able to shut it down when needed and have it available to use in bootcamp whenever. Currently if i do this then the media server side stops.
Would i be better off with this sort of setup, or just get a nas box, transfer the media and get a XBMC/Kodi box to replace the apple tv?