First, WELCOME to SitePoint's Apache forum!
Second, Kevin Yank's book (I've linked it in the TOP sticky thread) is what I used ages ago but Kevin's updated a couple of times since then. The versions he has are the latest and greatest so I'd recommend using that FREE chapter 1 as a checklist to get started.
Third, I recommend AGAINST using "snapshot" type canned programs to install a test server. They are impossible to update (individual components) and rarely match your production server; moreover, it's impossible to troubleshoot.
In other words, use the latest software from the creators as Kevin outlines (the rest of his book is a great tutorial for helping you to learn PHP and MySQL, too!