I just installed Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition on my Mini-ITX board! Seems to be going good so far, its just going to be a basic file server and maybe stream a bit of media. When I bought the Mini-ITX board the idea was to make an HTPC with it, that failed. Everything I had read about the board said that the “Onboard MPEG-2 Decoder” was the best, this ended up to be less then true. Its really “MPEG Assist” and does a less than perfect job with in IMO. At that point I was trying to run it with myHTPC and Zoom Player for media, got tried of fighting with it and the less than perfect drivers (Another issue, VIA is not the best at drivers for these boards) so I then tried to install Windows XP Media Center Edition just to see what would happen. Bad stuff happened! First the 1Ghz processor is not fast enough for MCE, you can tell with simple things like going through the menu. A the second (The Killer) is that MCE does not want to use the “MPEG Assist” offered by the board. So Live TV, Recorded TV, DVD's, etc were out.
So, after all of that and basically wasting hours and somewhere around $300 I just let it sit around for a while doing nothing. Yesterday, for some odd reason, I decided I wanted a server (I'm still not really sure why). So, I got out the Big MSDN Book-O-CD's and got me Server 2003 Std and installed it. It's up and running now, seems to be going good. One of these days I want to learn more about Windows CE and XP Embedded so I thought I would just use the board for something now.
Now for the case, not sure if I'm going to make one or buy one. Mini-ITX cases can get cool so I might have to come up with something. You can check out other peoples Mini-ITX projects at http://www.mini-itx.com/projects.asp