Hello, I'd like to build a cost-effective desktop system to run Windows Server 2008R2 with Hyper-V to test virtualization. It needs to be a fully Microsoft supported board. SATA RAID would be nice so I can put in 3 low cost drives and have lots of space. Doesn't need fancy video but a reasonable number of memory slots would be great. There is an MC store in the Twin Cities so if it's something they have that would be an added bonus.
I was even at a Microsoft VDI seminar yesterday and no one could get specific.
That is very significant.
I think you need to visit the Server 2008R2 forums.
What you are asking is more software dependent than anything else.
Your hardware selections seems to be driven by software/OS requirements.
Take advice from the software gurus.