Can OS X 10.5.8 be installed on a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 Mac Mini in order to upgrade to OS X 10.6.3 server? (The Goal: to quit 10.8 Server in order to use Rosetta software again)
Your Mac mini is probably a Apple Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3 (Late 2012) Macmini6,2. It was originally delivered with Mac OS X 10.8.1.
Neither 10.5 nor 10.6 contain the necessary drivers to support your hardware (especially USB3.0).