Earlier this year I put together a small, low-power PC to use as a dedicated music server for my Squeezebox players. Initially, I just used an Ubuntu desktop install, which was functional, however upgrades and maintenance of the OS became somewhat cumbersome, since I was using VNC to access the server remotely and encountered display issues. Plus, there was a lot of junk installed that I had no use for in this particular application. I briefly switched to a basic Ubuntu Server installation, but realized that I didn't have the time to become a command line guru.
So, I decided to give VirtualBox a try (see www.virtualbox.org). What a great product - free, open-source, and it just plain works! Everything is essentially pre-configured. Logitech Media Server is already included. Additional configuration is accomplished simply by entering your server name or IP into any browser on your network. It even works with my smartphone when on wifi. One click takes you right into the LMS interface.
What I really like is when I want to add a new CD to my collection, all I need to do is place it in the server's CD/DVD drive, and it automatically rips to FLAC - tags, artwork, and everything. The files are automatically shared out to the rest of my Windows network via Samba. They couldn't have made this easier. It's not just for Squeezebox devices either. Evidently, it works with Sonos and Apple products as well, and has an integrated DLNA server, so I think it provides a lot of options for the future. I've only been using it a few days, but I'm completely sold on Vortexbox as my solution.