I currently have a media server with WHS 2011 + areca 1880 raid card with 36TB of storage.
My server functions solely has a media storage/gathering hub running:
Streaming to 3 OpenElec devices
Obviously I don't need much for this server in terms of hardware, but Im looking for as little OS maintenance/rebooting as possible + easy remote access/RDP. I have also never used linux beyond some desktop usage at school, but Windows 7 is 4 years old, WHS is dying/dead and I am not a fan of Windows 8.
New server will be changing to Areca 1882, but same basic CPU/Mobo still.