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NAS (Network-attached storage) technology continues to improve and because the Linux operating system is 'open-source' and free to distribute, we wouldn't be surprised if they begin to take over in many server environments; but they're not there yet.


On a NAS or Professional Version of Windows three would probably an upper limit before we recommended a proper Windows server.


Windows Server 2012 comes in 4 basic versions: 


Foundation, Essentials, Standard & Datacenter


(note the prices show without a selected Windows Version)


We recommend 'Standard'; although Essentials may fit now, it is missing components that may be useful later.


You'll want a network expert to help with the purchase and installation.