The main differences between the soft and hard cheeses is that hard cheese require a cheese press and cultures.
Cheese making is a commitment and requires a lot of patience. It's also an investment that requires several specialty items not available at your local store. Be prepared if you want to attempt it. If you try to take shortcuts you could end up with an inferior product.
It's also very fun and rewarding, especially with the high cost of specialty cheeses.
Step 1: Useful links
Here are some links I found to be helpful and informative.
This is a great forum with very experienced members. You'll find a lot of answers to your questions here.
A good site for a beginners. You can get recipes, ingredients, and equipment here.
I have this book, it's very good.
I buy my cultures here. You have to buy more culture but its cheaper overall.
Good site with info and recipes.
A google search of cheese making will give you a ton of information.