Build an Affordable Virtualization Server for Thin-Client Computing
The choice of a CPU (or CPUs in this case) somewhat dictates what motherboard to use.
Here, even with limited choices, we found a server-class mother board that fits the bill: The Tyan Thunder n#600M (S2932), with a street price of around $350, is not the cheapest dual-CPU motherboard on the market, but it does offer some important features for our purposes.
For example, the board offers support for as much as 64GB of RAM, support for SATA hard drives and a pair of Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. All of which will be critical for us in building an efficient virtualization server.
What's more, the board is ROHS-compliant, which helps us out with our "green" theme for the system.
The board has an Extended ATX footprint and will fit into most tower cases.