Thanks for your answer, you gave me some ideas and have been on the research over the last week.
VMWare is a better choice for me for Virtualization as I have some sites running as a VM instance and I would like to be able to make a backup of the image file in case something goes wrong on that server. I also see you use it quite a bit.
I also agree and understand your choice as Debian it's a good OS as a server.
My search has however brought up some good questions that I was unable to find answers to.
As I will not use a Desktop very much but I need one (maybe every 1-2 months), and as I read your How To Install VMware Server On Debian 4.0 (Etch) at:
Is it possible to install the base OS as the server and if I want a Desktop load the VM instance and switch to it?
If I was to use Virtualization to run multiple servers say eg 3 for security,
1) Apache/PHP/CGI, FTP
3) Mail Dovecot
How would you set this up?
(The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 10 or Debian Lenny as the base system.
a VM instances for each of the servers.)?
Would you need to configure a firewall for each VM instance? I ask as each instance would have it's own IP.
I want to use ISPCONFIG, is this even possible?
For a backup methodology would you just backup the VM instances image files? (I should have plenty of space for this)
OR should I scrap the whole idea and just go for:
A Perfect Desktop and one VM instance of The Perfect Server - Debian Lenny with ISPConfig?
I have a Dell 2950:
2 X Dual Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU 5160 @ 3.00GHz
4 Gb Ram (8 X 512Mb)
5 X HDD (160GB each) in Raid 5
1 X HDD ( 500Gb) for backup
One last Q.
How's ISPConfig 3 coming along it looks good. Any rough ideas on a final release date? (1 - 2 months)