We have a lab box that's currently running Win2k3. That server has WAMP on it, but also some virtual machines that are beginning to cut into its resources. I would like to P2V the machine, and build/buy a new box that has enough RAM to properly support 2-3 VMs running simutaneously (Win2k3, Ubuntu, etc...). Nothing is very processor intensive on any of these instances. This is going to run in a spare room at home, so likely desktop form factor and relatively quiet is what I want to do.

I use 12.04 as my daily driver for desktop and am considering some flavor of Ubuntu as the host for this as I'm comfortable with it. I have some prebuilt machines in VirtualBox and VMWare all ready to go.

I don't really want to spend a lot of time learning VMWare eSXI, so am looking for a relatively easy recipe to make this all go, including some possible hardware recommendations. Perhaps something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-8200-Elit...item3cd04a2484

Would appreciate any comments on this... and if there is a good recipe/cookbook out there on the web, would appreciate this.