Well as per http://xenforo.com/community/threads/1and1-another-thumbs-up.13440/ as of today I have a dedi server free of charge for a month.
As such, I know there are a few people on here who looked at their own servers or similar, however lack the confidence to take the plunge. So I am willing that if people who want to take some first steps into learning about managing / configuring and setting up a dedi server, I will offer it up to you to try out. It doesn't matter if you mess everything up as when you are done I will just re-image the server and set it up for myself.
Im sure there are more advanced users than me here, so if someone else is willing to give some "tutorials" or similar I will leave it between "teachers" and "students" to dicuss times to have a lesson.
If you are someone who is wanting to try this out for themselves or willing to teach others, reply here or drop me a PM.