Ok, the first decision I have to make is on the Network Operating System to use.
But before we get into that, we need to get into the reason for building a server.
Simply put, I run two computers on a regular basis, my new desktop and my new laptop. However, sharing files between them is a pain and forces me offline. It would be much easier to have my files, like MP3's, printing, documents and as backup for my main machines.
Of course, there are a lot of options, and I'd like to sort them out. But the first thing is to decide what to use.
There are three basic choices:
Windows Server 2003
Each has an advantage and disadvantage, so this would be a good place to start kicking it around