I inherited a DELL PowerEdge 2500. The system currently has Windows 2003 Server for the host OS, but for various reasons, I plan to fully erase and reload the system.
The system is going to use VirtualBox to provide access to Windows Vista and Windows 7, to simulate a desktop end user's experience.
I was considering loading a later release of Windows (Vista or 7), but I realized that the disadvantage to choosing Windows is that I will need to maintain the patch level and AV. (Apparently, the previous owners ignored this, hence the current state of disrepair).
So, I am researching a non-Windows host OS, but there are so many supported by VirtualBox.
- Mac OS X is not an option (no hackintosh allowed).
- Solaris x86 would be a possibility, due to familiarity.
- Other UNIX - I did see concerns about upgrading and patching.
Any practical experiences or concerns would be appreciated.