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CompTIA Server+

Best Computer Hardware Certifications 2018
By , Mary Kyle

CompTIA also offers a server-related certification, which steps up from basic PC hardware, software and networking topics to the more demanding, powerful and expensive capabilities in the same vein usually associated with server systems.

The CompTIA Server+ credential goes beyond basic topics to include coverage of more advanced storage systems, IT environments, and disaster recovery and business continuity topics. It also puts strong emphasis on best practices and procedures for server problem diagnosis and troubleshooting. Although Server+ is vendor-neutral in coverage, organizations such as HP, Intel, Microsoft, Lenovo and U.S. Department of Defense either require or recommend CompTIA Server+ for their own server technicians.

Those who work — or want to work — in server rooms or data centers, with and around servers on a regular basis, will find the Server+ credential worth studying for and earning. It can also be a stepping stone into vendor-specific server technician training programs at such companies as those mentioned above, or with their authorized resellers and support partners.

Note that the CompTIA Server+ exam is still listed on that organization’s website as “good for life,” meaning it does not impose a renewal or continuing education requirement on its holders. The SK0-004 launched on July 31, 2015. Typically, exams are available for at least two years. If CompTIA’s revision history for Server+ is any guide to future updates and revisions, then it’s likely that we’ll see a new exam making an appearance sometime in 2018.

Server+ Facts & Figures

Certification Name CompTIA Server+
Prerequisites & Required Courses No prerequisites
Recommended experience includes CompTIA A+ certification plus a minimum of 18 to 24 months IT-related experience
Number of Exams One exam: SK0-004 (100 questions, 90 minutes, 750 out of 900 passing score)
Cost per Exam$294. Exam administered by Pearson VUE. Exam vouchers available at CompTIA.
Self-Study Materials CompTIA offers a number of self-study materials including exam objectives, CertMaster online study tool, sample questions, books and more. Formal training courses are also offered. Links to CompTIA training courses may be found on the certification web page. Additional resources may also be found at the CompTIA Marketplace.

Recommended: CompTIA Server+ Study Guide: Exam SK0-004, 1st edition, by Troy McMillan, published June 20, 2016, Sybex, ISBN-10: 1119137829, ISBN-13: 978-1119137825