I'm looking to build a desktop-style server but I'm not opposed to a rack-mount as we have a nice Dell rack.
Quad-core or better (dual CPU would be nice but I know it essentially doubles the price of the build)
16GB RAM or better (preferably leaving slots with room for upgrades)
2x Gigabit NIC
2x RAID 1 arrays
240GB SSD Raid 1
2TB HDD Raid 1
~$700.00 - $1,800 (anywhere in between but preferably on the lower end)
Budget & Project & Parts list DOES NOT include software - I will figure that out myself once I get the hardware figured out.
We currently have 2 9-year old Dell servers running Server 2016 - one is a domain controller that does some minor file server functionality and the other is a file server. We have less than 20 total users for this server.
Load Server 2016 with Hyper-V directly on SSDs. Load new Server 2016 as virtual server. Run file server inside of Hyper-V, run domain control functions on the bare metal server.
Background: I've built many gaming PCs, some general use PCs and several design PCs. I am just not familiar with server processors, socket types, etc.