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Chapter 1: The Server+ ExaminationIn This Chapter
- Checking out the format of the Server+ exam
- Knowing how to study: Preparing for the exam
- Scheduling and paying for the exam
Passing the Server+ exam certifies to the world that you are a server and networking professional who possesses the knowledge required to perform a full range of server-related technical activities. The Server+ certification was developed by a team of subject-matter experts from around the world and is a global certification that has been endorsed by such companies as 3Com, Adaptec, IBM. Intel, Hewlett Packard, and StorageTek.
You'll find no other certification like the Server+. The first of its kind, it's brand and platform neutral. Products from Microsoft, Novell, and other manufacturers are referenced on the Server+ test, but only to represent what the server technician works with in the real world and to make the test a true measure of the server technician's overall knowledge.
Who is CompTIA?Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a membership trade organization formed in 1982 to promote standards of excellence in computer technology. Its goals are to develop ethical, professional, and business standards, and to provide educational opportunities to the industry. Its members include more than 8,000 computer resellers, computer repair shops, VARs (value-added resellers), distributors, manufacturers, and training companies in the United States and Canada. CompTIA members range from large multinational corporations to local computer repair shops and individual entrepreneurs.
A Little HistoryA core group of companies met in early 2000 to discuss the need and possibility for a career certification for a server technician specialty. A team of Subject Matter Experts (SME) was organized to develop the Server+ job task analysis, a list of duties, responsibilities, and the skills that are needed to carry them out. The goal of the SME committee has been to identify, categorize, and distribute skills standards for Internet technicians and professionals working in three types of organizations: Internet Service Providers (ISPs), VARs and resellers, and private business and government agencies. The job task analysis formed the basis for the exam objectives and the beta test that was offered in late 2000. The report on the Server+ job task analysis can be purchased from CompTIA (should you be interested), and you can access a white paper on the need for the Server+ certification at
The Server+ SME panel includes representatives from a diverse variety of over 30 companies and organizations. This is truly a global committee with not only companies from around the world, but also several multinational companies as well. Their participation on the SME committee speaks volumes about the acceptance of the Server+ certification.
Why Get Server+ Certi ficationWhy indeed should you become Server+ certified? That's a very good question. And just where Server+ will fit into the mix of certifications and resume alphabet soup is another good thought. One thing for certain is that certification of any kind is fast becoming the minimum requirement for nearly all IT-related jobs. CompTIA sees Server+ as a continuing and complementary certification for its A+ certification, as well as other proprietary server technology certifications.
Server+ certification tells the world that you have demonstrated knowledge of general server, networking, and internetworking technologies. Employers can use this, and all other certifications, to indicate a baseline of capability and quality in a technical or a service organization. Given a choice, it's believed that an employer will choose a Server+ certified technician over a candidate without certification.
Is Server+ better than MCP, CCDA, CCNA, MCSE, or any of the other certifications? No, but then it's not any worse, either: It's just different. It says something different about its holder than the other certifications, but that's the point. In fact, it may take some time before people are even aware of it. But, make no mistake, like its A+ and Network+ cousins, Server+ is certain to become a recognized and respected certification in the IT world. Don't be surprised if Server+ certification is soon a common minimum requirement for many server and networking jobs.
What Are the Benefits of Server+ Certification
You're full of good questions! Why would you want to cram for a test and then sweat bullets taking it, just to get a piece of paper that says, "This person really knows his or her server stuff?" The Server+ certification, like all industry certifications, provides benefits to everyone in or using server technologies: you, employers, employees, and especially job seekers.
Here are just a few of these benefits:
- Proof of professional achievement: The Server+ credential validates to your employer and your customers that you have reached a level of competence established by the computer industry, using criteria that is accepted and valued by the industry.
- Increases your marketability: Server+ certification makes you a more desirable employee who can often attract a higher starting wage because the cost to train you is lower than that of a non-certified employee. Many employers will most likely make Server+ certification a minimum requirement for employment.
- Provides opportunity for advancement: The knowledge you possess as a Server+ certified employee enables you to be a more efficient worker, which means you are more productive. In most companies, at least in coauthor Mike's, the most productive people get ahead.
- Fulfills training requirements: Server+ certification meets the prerequisite classes and training requirements for other certifications and advanced training courses. Much of the preparation for the Server+ examination is relevant to other industry certifications, such as the MCSE certification....