Learning basic deicated server administration

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http://serverfault.com – I have no idea if this is the right place to ask, but I'm a bit desperate. I have been working for a few days now to set up a EC2 instance with cPanel. I realized fast that this was not easy, especially because I know almost nothing when it comes to server administration (if anybody have a simple guide of how to go through the initial whm setup on EC2, please let me know). My Question is simply what is the best place to learn the basics (and maby a bit byond the basics) of administrating a dedicated server. I need to learn how to work with the SSH access, how DNS records work ++ (HowTos)