If I put these components together, should I be able to make them work together?
Can I use my copies of Windows 2000 server, or Windows NT server for my OS?
I'm unfamiliar with Debian and Solaris 2.6, but I have those too. I just don't know what to do with them, or if it would be my best bet to crash course them and use one of them instead of either Windows.
I'm really pumped about the chance to learn everything I can from this, but I need help to be sure that I'll get all that I can out of this effort---otherwise, I'm just wasting time "tinkering", and I hate that thought.
I don't care as much about the usability of the finished product as much as I do about what I learn from doing it right, keeping an eye on optimization. What happens here determines whether or not I will invest in a newer setup in the future.
I refuse to let fear hobble me, so are there any suggestions, opinions or caveats for me out there?