I'm a complete linux/networking beginner. What equipment/software will be needed to do this? Basically I want to set up a server computer and be able to connect to it locally with my desktop, and learn the ropes of setting up a webserver without the potential unwanted outside access. Basically I want to learn how to manage these cheaper unmanaged VPS packages I see offered from webhosting companies, but locally first.
The equipment I have currently: My computer, an extra server computer, popular linux distros, linux books, linksys 4 port router, netgear 4 port hub, cat5 cables, and a patch cord. Also have an old Westell 327W wireless router, but I don't think it functions without a bellsouth/at&t DSL connection.
Would like to simulate VPS or real-world servers as much as possible for best possible learning experience. Thanks!