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CompTIA Server+ certification validates knowledge of server issues and technology, including disaster recovery. It is a vendor neutral certification that proves knowledge of server hardware and software.

The exam covers system hardware, software, storage, IT environment, disaster recovery and troubleshooting. CompTIA Server+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification for technical support professionals with 18 t24 months of IT experience. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that candidates have 18 t24 months experience in server technology, along with a CompTIA A+ certification. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network engineer, systems engineer, security analyst, web site administrator. Companies such as Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, and Lenovand Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Server+ for their server technicians.

1. System Hardware

  • Differentiate between system board types, features, components and their purposes.
  • Deploy different chassis types and the appropriate components
  • Differentiate between memory features / types and given a scenario select appropriate memory.
  • Explain the importance of a Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
  • Differentiate between processor features / types and given a scenario select the appropriate processor.
  • Given a scenario, install appropriate expansion cards in a server while taking fault tolerance into consideration.
  • Install, update and configure appropriate firmware

2. Software

  • Install, deploy, configure and update NOS (Windows / *nix).
  • Explain NOS security software and its features.
  • Given a scenario, implement and administer NOS management features based on procedures and guidelines
  • Explain different server roles, their purpose and how they interact
  • Summarize server virtualization concepts, features and considerations
  • Describe common elements of networking essentials

3. Storage

  • Describe RAID technologies and its features and benefits
  • Given a scenario, select the appropriate RAID level
  • Install and configure different internal storage technologies
  • Network attached storage
  • Transport media

4. IT Environment

  • Write, utilize and maintain documentation, diagrams and procedures
  • Given a scenario, explain the purpose of the following industry best practices
  • Determine an appropriate physical environment for the server location
  • Implement and configure different methods of server access
  • Given a scenario, classify physical security measures for a server location
  • Defense in-depth – multiple layers of defense
  • Access control devices (RFID, keypads, pinpads)

5. Disaster Recovery

  • Compare and contrast backup and restoration methodologies, media types and concepts
  • Given a scenario, compare and contrast the different types of replication methods
  • Explain data retention and destruction concepts
  • Given a scenario, carry out the following basic steps of a disaster recovery plan
  • Awareness of potential company policy requirements
  • Follow emergency procedures (people first)
  • Classification of systems (prioritization during recovery)

6. Troubleshooting

  • Explain troubleshooting theory and methodologies
  • Establish a theory of probable cause (question the obvious)
  • Establish a plan of action tresolve the problem and notify impacted users
  • Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot hardware problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods
  • Causes of common problems
  • Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot software problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods
  • Given a scenario, effectively diagnose network problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods
  • Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot storage problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods
  • Causes of common problems

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