School Networking Needs

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School Networking Needs

CURRENT: I have 70 computers in a grades k-5 environment running mostly XP Pro, some XP home and a few Win98 and Win95s. Currently they access a Novell 4.11 file server and only use it for common file needs. But its getting old and slow.

AVAILABLE: I have a PowerEdge 840 with no OS on it. I have the Novell 6.0 software and license to install it on the box but it needs some HAM storage drivers for the SATA drives. So it stops me from going any further.

QUESTION: What can I do with this?
1. Install MS Server 03 or 2008?
(will MS Home being able to run programs and copy/write files to the server?)
2. If I can install Novell that would be the least amount of work at the client stations.
3. Create a Linux server but then how do the XP machines access the files? Is there a login client?

I know there is much I haven't said but lets start here and I'll fill in the blanks as I go.