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Wow, it sure is quiet in here. PING Server+ Passers

Discussion in 'Server+' started by Arroryn, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I've been looking at some Certs to do for... err... light relief (don't ask) and was wondering what those who have passed it thought of the overall usefulness of the Server+ Certification (I will probably ask the same of the Security+ elsewhere...)

    Looking at CompTIA's latest exam objectives, it gives a good overall grounding in server basics that I know I lack - SCSI stuff (never touched it), configuring RAID arrays, configuring service tools and so on and so forth.

    In short, it's the 'Second Line' version of the A+. Back when I did that I knew the basics of how to put a computer together, but I wasn't sure of the 'why's and where's'

    I know that despite the exposure I get to Second Line level work at my place, I'm not going to get my hands on installing any of the blades or anything like that at *any* point soon - but that doesn't stop me from hitting things in a lab at home.

    The servers we currently use are all 2K3 environment; but CompTIA certs being what they are, the Microsoft certs aren't really going to tell me how to configure SCSI and RAID and things (are they?)

    My only hesitations are:

    1: I remember how shoddily worded my other CompTIA exams all were. Will this one be just as painfully bad?

    2: The price. Is the punt-out of £169 for the exam worth the ticket?

    3: Available materials seem shoddy. The only recommended 'full fat' book by CompTIA (ie, not an Exam Cram) has only had one rating on Amazon, and it's 2 whole stars. All the other books on there seem so out of date it's untrue.

    So is this a Cert that's in its death throes? If so, is there an equivalent someone could gently push me in the direction of? Keeping in mind I want the basic, neutral (and mainly hardware) server knowledge as opposed to using any Server OS, as I DO get access to that.

    I don't care if employers have heard of it or not; this isn't for employers, it's for me to help me :) I know I can just buy the book and take a gander and not have to sit the Cert... but that'd be like paying to get into a football match and then shutting your eyes and listening to the commentary on 5 Live. Okay, it wouldn't be, but I've been up for 3 billion hours and I can't think of a better analogy! :biggrin
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    The MS certs/courses/books will only tell you how to configure software raid. As for my opinion, I haven't taken the Server+ exam, however I have taken 3 other Comptia exams and from what others have said the Server+ is not much better when it comes to wording. Saying that, £169 for a cert that doesn't expire and if Comptia ever gets it's system administrators qualification off the ground, you'll be only 1 Comptia exam away from getting it (security+ being the other exam).

    I was going to take the Server+ exam this year, however due to work I'm having to change my 2009 plan and do other ones instead...

    Short answer, imo, go for it :biggrin

    -Ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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