Virtunate, on 10 November 2012 - 02:24, said:
With the new licensing model in Server 2012, Standard is the new Enterprise. What features are you looking for that you need from Enterprise?
If you're looking for a full comparison, check out this Wikipedia page for a full list of features (http://en.wikipedia....r_2012#Editions
That's pretty square-on - Datacenter Server replaces both Enterprise Server and (understandably) HPC Server, while Standard replaces everything else (and, based on what it includes, *should* have replaced Windows Home Server, as Standard includes the useful-from-the-get-go Hyper-V support that Server Essentials lacks).
The pain in the rear with Standard is that if you use it as a Home Server replacement, you're going to wind up with a multirole server, as it pretty much forces you into the domain model for a standalone server; once you go down THAT road, you might as well make it a *server of servers* (multiple virtual servers hosted via Hyper-V). With multiple VMs (even if just servers), the CPU won't be the bog-down point (unless you're running multiple virtual SQL Server databases) as Hyper-V is surprisingly thrifty when it comes to CPU cycles, but memory may be; good thing DDR3 (standard unbuffered) is silly-cheap.
For the server build itself, for a home or other non-production server (including a test lab), my motherboard recommendation is, weirdly enough, identical to that for a gaming PC - i5 and a Z-series chipset (LGA1155). However, because this *is* a server, it need not be either a K-series (unlocked) or even Ivy Bridge CPU - a Sandy Bridge i5 is just fine. For the GPU side of the server, AMD's HD7750 makes all too much sense (no aux power needed *and* it can be leveraged by RemoteFX, which further de-leverages the CPU)