Ive been hitting a dead end at all corners trying to figure this out and hoping you guys can help me. First, here is my server hardware:
Dell Precision 470 Server
X2 Dual Core 2.8Ghz Intel Xeon Processors
8Gigs Dual Rank Ram
X2 500Gb Hard Drives
Sata controller add-on card
X2 250Gb Hard Drives
I removed all the exterior dell plastic casing and installed additional fans and have an external PSU controlling the two additional hard drives and a blu-ray drive. Ive been using it as a very basic file server.
Heres what I would LIKE to do though...
Im going to be running Cat5e cable throughout my entire house and moving the server to a central location. I have a network that consists of three laptops and three desktop pcs that me and my wife both use at various times. Ideally I would like to setup a system of roaming accounts that would follow us on no matter what machine we were logging into. So if she logs into the laptop, then later on logs into a desktop computer her information is always the same from machine to machine. Basically I need to know if Home Server can handle this task or if its far more incredibly complicated than I think...
In addition to what Ken has posted, you can centralise your EMail but in an unsupported way. I have hMailServer installed on my WHS2011 server and access the centralised EMail storage using IMAP Clients on each of my family PCs.
Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
Windows Server 2008 can do it as part of an Active Directory domain. I won't swear to it, but it's likely that Windows Small Business Server Essentials can do it as well; SBSe is built on the same code base as Windows Home Server, and is capable of acting as a domain controller.
I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)