I wanted to start a thread to help me out a bit on something I'm looking at doing with my network.
I currently have a Freenas box which is on most of the time and a windows desktop which is also on all the time. The freenas needs rebuilding and I'm going to switch to NAS4Free.
I want to improve my hardware utilisation and run freenas and windows on the same box. I don't do anything on the wiodnows box but chat, email, surf and some text editing.
I'll looking at 2 different methods.
1) Installing nas4free (freebsd based os) on the box and running windows inside a VM with the nas4free as the host OS.
2) installing proxmox on the box and running nas4free and windows beside each other in seperate vms
The problem with 1 is that nas4free doesn't have a desktop environment so I will have to uinstall that before i can even get to installing virtualbox or other vm hardware to run windows in. Running proxmox seems to be a bit more complicated for such a simple setup, however proxmox allows for addition hardware nodes to be added to create a cluster down the track if thats what i want to do.
I know there's no right or wrong answer, just looking for peoples opinions.