Hello everyone, Long time lurker, first time poster here. I recently acquired 6 fully loaded Dell Poweredge 2950 generation III (some generation 2) servers through a friend in infrastructure. I also got a dedicated hardware firewall and switch. Each servers have: 2x2.33GHz Quad Core Xeon Processors 32GB DDR2 Memory 6x300GB 15K SAS Hard Drives 2 NICs I still need to sort through all of them to determine what works and what doesn't but so far all of them have booted up successfully when plugged in. I work in operations support so i'm not a complete idiot when it comes to servers and networking but i'm certainly not the best. I'd like to use these to further my career by creating a private network with these and virtualize a test Exchange 2013 mail environment within these running on server 2012, if possible. I'd also like to toss a decent PCIe video card in one of these puppies and use it for gaming/home media exclusively. I want to make best use of the gift i've been given and allow myself the most flexibility with what I can do with the hardware I now have at my disposal by running VMs on top of a parent OS on each server. This is the first time i've ever dove into this kind of planning and setup before, so I'm writing this post to see what the community can offer in terms of potential configurations. I have little to no budget to really invest in these so whatever plan I come up with would need to be cheap. I'm planning on building a rack unit to house these in and the necessary connectors. I may possibly invest in 1 or 2 static IPs for this as well, depending on necessity. any suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated. I plan on becoming an active member of this community and I look forward to your responses.