How to setup tower/rackmount/blade servers?
In the future, I'm looking to set up my own server rather than living off of shared hosting, so I would really appreciate some guides or help in the process of configuring a server.
I've looked all over the Internet but I can't find anything about the initial setup process of a server, only articles and guides regarding people who have infinite knowledge of servers and want to add more functionality, performance, etc.
Currently, this is all hypothetical until I have the funds to set up a server, but I would like to be able to start researching it and teaching myself about it now so I'm prepared in the future.
Sticking with 1 Lakh page requests, what would be better: tower, rackmount, or blades? And how do I go about configuring these in a general sense? I'm sure it varies by manufacturer, network configuration, OS, server software, etc. I would want to run MySQL/PHP on whatever server would be best for the job (Apache?).
The thing is, while I'm sure it varies like I said above, I can't find anything about how to initially set up any of the three web servers so that they are even live on the Internet. So any links to guides, etc. would be great. And please don't flame me for being a noob. I acknowledge that I am a noob, but I am trying to fix that now so I know what I'm doing in the future.
Thank you so much!