My goal is to learn and pass the ACTC (Apple Certified Technical Coordinator) exam, or perhaps even the ACSA (Apple Certified Systems Administrator). I could buy the Mac OS X Support Essentials and the Mac OS X Server Essentials books for about $100 for the both of them. That would be least expensive route. I think I could get by with just the book on Support Essentials, but with Server Essentials I don't have SL Server software to learn from. I could take a Server Essentials class which costs $2000. Or I could buy a Mac Mini with SL Server for $1000, but I am on my own to learn the material. Or I could just buy the books and see how it goes. How did you learn Server Essentials and which method do you think is best? The thing is I don't need a server so in a way getting a Mac Mini Server is a waste. I don't even have my own website, although I do plan on getting one. Having a Mini Server would at least save me hosting fees. I suppose I could eventually set it up so I won't need MobileMe anymore. How difficult is the Server Essentials exam compared to the Support Essentials? And if continue on for the ACSA, how are the exams in Directory Services, Deployment, and Advanced Systems Administration? Thanks for all your help in answering my questions!