Server+ (2005)

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The CompTIA Server+ certification is an industry recognized vendor neutral credential for networking professionals. The certification is proof of a person's competence across a wide spectrum of server issues and technology, including disaster recovery and provesand proves knowledge of server, hardware and software.

Skills You’ll Get

The CompTIA Server+ certification exam is a standalone certification from CompTIA with the exam code SK0-002.

The certification is targeted attechnical support professionals who have knowledge in areas such as RAID, SCSI, and multiple CPUs, as well as capabilities with server issues, including disaster recovery. The exam covers system hardware, software, storage, IT environment, disaster recovery and troubleshooting. The new code of the exam is SK0-003

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8+ Lessons | 249+ Exercises | 137+ Quizzes |


30+ Pre Assessment Questions | 4+ Full Length Tests | 55+ Post Assessment Questions | 219+ Practice Test Questions


General Server Hardware Knowledge

  • Know the characteristics, purpose, function, lim...Plug PCI PCI Expansion Slots PCI Interrupts EISA
  • Know the characteristics of adapter fault tolerance.Adapter load balancing adapter teaming
  • Know the basic purpose and function of the DNS Server WINS Server DHCP Server Web Server
  • Description of the following hardware types, inc...: Blade servers Tower servers Rack-mount servers
  • Know the function of the following application s...Distributed Application Peer to peer application
  • Know the characteristics of the following types ..., Hardware compatibility list , Memory caching .
  • Know differences between different SCSI solution...tasking Multi-threading Disconnect and reconnect
  • Know differences between different ATA (IDE) sol...nd connectors Master/slave/cable Jumper settings
  • Know the features and benefits of fibre channel ...Bus lengths Point-to-point vs. switched vs. LOOP
  • Know the features and benefits of iSCSI and FCIP...nnectors 1 Gbit, 2 Gbit, and 10 Gbit Bus lengths
  • Know the features and capabilities of the follow...e RAID and the advantages of one over the other.
  • Know the characteristics of hot swap drives and hot plug boards.
  • Know the features, advantages, and disadvantages of multiprocessing.
  • Know the attributes, purpose, function, and adva...lability, high availability and fault tolerance.
  • Understand the processor subsystem of a server. ...ocessing systems and 64-bit Server Environments.
  • Know the basic specifications of and differences between SAN and NAS. Block and file.


  • Conduct pre-installation planning activities: Pl...ach, and Power issues (stability, spikes, etc.).
  • Install hardware using best practices. Mount the...ermination Verify power-on via power-on sequence
  • Develop the server management plan (in-band and out-of-band management).


  • Check/upgrade BIOS/firmware levels (system board, RAID, controller, hard drive, etc.)
  • Configure RAID. Activities include: use manufact...gure the array and testing (simulate a failure).
  • Install NOS. Configure network and verify network connectivity
  • Configure external peripherals (UPS, external dr...heral devices such as Firewire, USB, Serial ATA.
  • Install NOS updates to design specifications. Ac...nd how to decide whether an update is necessary.
  • Update manufacturer specific drivers
  • Install service tools (SNMP, backup software, system monitoring agents, event logs, etc.)
  • Perform Server baseline. Supporting knowledge in...ght be useful, When baselines should be updated.
  • Document the configuration.


  • Perform full backup and verify backup
  • Add Processors and verify compatibility, N 1, review FAQs, instruction, facts and issues.
  • Add, replace and verify hard drives. Add drives, Review FAQs, instructions, facts and issues.
  • Add or upgrade memory. Verify hardware and OS su...erver optimization to make use of additional RAM
  • Upgrade BIOS/firmware: Perform upgrade checklist...cognized; review and baseline; document upgrade.
  • Upgrade adapters (e.g., NICs, SCSI cards, RAID,, review FAQs, instruction, facts and issues.
  • Upgrade peripheral devices, and verify, review FAQs, instruction, facts and issues.
  • Upgrade system monitoring agents. Perform, review FAQs, instruction, facts and issues.
  • Upgrade service tools (e.g., diagnostic tools,, review FAQs, instruction, facts and issues.
  • Upgrade UPS. Perform upgrade checklist, review FAQs, instruction, facts and issues.


  • Perform regular backup
  • Create baseline and compare performance
  • Set SNMP thresholds
  • Perform physical housekeeping
  • Perform hardware verification
  • Establish remote notification..


  • Recognize and report on physical security issues...-theft devices for hardware (lock server racks).
  • Recognize and report on server room environmenta...generator/fire suppression/flood considerations)


  • Perform problem determination using questioning ...l of smoke, observation of unhooked cable, etc.)
  • Use diagnostic hardware and software tools and u...Microsoft Windows NT/2000/2003, UNIX, and Linux.
  • Identify bottlenecks (e.g., processor, bus transfer, I/O, disk I/O, network I/O, memory)
  • Identify and correct misconfigurations and/or upgrades
  • Determine if problem is hardware, software or virus related


  • Plan implement and test the redundancy, fault to...O, Disk to disk, and Libraries vs. stand-alones.

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The CompTIA SK0-003 exam is administered by Pearson VUE at testing centers worldwide. Click here to find a testing center near you.

The exam consists of linear, fact-based, multiple-choice questions.

While there are no official prerequisites to take the Server+ certification, both CompTIA and uCertify strongly recommend that the candidate have 18 to 24 months experience in server technology, along with a CompTIA A+ certification. .

The exam contains 100 questions.

90 minutes


(on a scale of 100-900)

In the event that you fail your first attempt at passing the Server+ certification, CompTIA's retake policy is:

  • CompTIA does not require any waiting period between the first andsecond attempt to pass such examination. However, before your third attempt or any subsequent attempt to pass such examination, you shall be required to wait for a period of at least fourteen calendar days from the date of your last attempt to pass such examination.
  • If a candidate has passed an exam, he/she cannot take it again without prior consent from CompTIA.
  • A test result found to be in violation of the retake policy will not be processed, which will result in no credit awarded for the test taken. Repeat violators will be banned from participation in the CompTIA Certification Program.
  • Candidates must pay the exam price each time they attempt the exam. CompTIA does not offer any free re-tests or discounts on retakes.

CompTIA Server+ certification exam is no more available. Candidate may take test with the new exam code SY0-003

Server+ (2005)


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