Originally Posted by Mfusick
Am I the only one missing the whole point ?
Of course you are not missing the whole point "for you", considering you always seek for the latest technologies and/or you have a fun building a new system frequently.
But not everyone is like you.
Personally I would go this route. Choose an OS whose support is a lot longer (Win 7 or 8 is a good choice, or WS2012E if you don't mind spending more, or Linux, of course) and let it run as long as you like. A media storage server is relatively static, it doesn't have to be changed frequently, besides adding more HDDs.
One of WHS2011's unique features is client backup and bare metal restore (WS2012E also support it). If you want this feature, running it on a VM is a quick, smarter solution, IMO, as the op thought (a VM can be erased anytime without affecting the host). Or if the cost doesn't matter for you, just go with WS2012E, whose support will last until 1/10/2023. (It looks like lots of people in this forum are choosing WS2012E.)
All of these stuff (including opinion on security update) are more or less of personal preference and discussing what's the best (or better) universally makes no sense. So I stop here.Edited by renethx - 7/3/13 at 6:03am