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    I am beginning to study for Server+ and will likely take the exam in the next couple of months. I currently have A+, Network+ and Security+, all of which I achieved in 2010. I am taking Server+ because it is going to fill a third party requirement for another certification that I need to get for my job (for a technical EMR certification).

    I don't have any Server+ books and don't plan on buying any. I currently have the Server+ Mega Guide from Prep Logic, and plan to utilize resources on this web site and from ProProfs and I believe that will be sufficient resource for me.

    If anyone has any tips feel free to post up.
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    Be a little cautious with ProProfs, although it is great reference and all, sometimes the info provided is a little dated. I also used them for my A+ and a bit for the Network+, I have the Exam Cram and the CompTIA Server+ cert book (big ugly spiralbound thing) that covers all the exam objectives.

    I plan on taking it after I finish my current cert which I am sitting this Friday. Many people say the Server+ is 1/3rd A+, 1/3rd Net+ and a little bit of Sec+ aswell, and the rest server architecture. I believe someone actually sat it without really studying at all, he claimed to simple utilise his A+ and N+ knowledge and passed.

    Many others say it is heavy on RAID, SCSI etc, but from what I can tell it does not look all that difficult. It naturally follows that after having completed the CompTIA tri-fector, the Server+ is next in line, and you might perhaps be well endowed with enough knowledge to just almost pass it without making too much extra effort. I would check the Server + resource page and forums on this site for more advice. SERVER+ Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by quinnyfly View Post
    Be a little cautious with ProProfs, although it is great reference and all, sometimes the info provided is a little dated. I also used them for my A+ and a bit for the Network+, I have the Exam Cram and the CompTIA Server+ cert book (big ugly spiralbound thing) that covers all the exam objectives.

    I plan on taking it after I finish my current cert which I am sitting this Friday. Many people say the Server+ is 1/3rd A+, 1/3rd Net+ and a little bit of Sec+ aswell, and the rest server architecture. I believe someone actually sat it without really studying at all, he claimed to simple utilise his A+ and N+ knowledge and passed.

    Many others say it is heavy on RAID, SCSI etc, but from what I can tell it does not look all that difficult. It naturally follows that after having completed the CompTIA tri-fector, the Server+ is next in line, and you might perhaps be well endowed with enough knowledge to just almost pass it without making too much extra effort. I would check the Server + resource page and forums on this site for more advice. SERVER+ Forums
    Thanks for the input.

    I also forgot to mention that I have access to the US Army's e-Learn system (Skillport) since I am in the Army Reserve. They have TONS of resources for ALL certifications. They have videos for each section of the Server+, and they're basic e-learning videos that explain the material and show you different things. Adding this to the prep logic mega guide, and resources from this site lead me to believe that i'll pass just fine
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    Reckon you will do just fine Mate, please let me know how you go and what you think of the exam, it's next on my agenda, am looking at doing it in about 4 weeks or more.

    Best of Luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by quinnyfly View Post
    Reckon you will do just fine Mate, please let me know how you go and what you think of the exam, it's next on my agenda, am looking at doing it in about 4 weeks or more.

    Best of Luck
    Thanks. I haven't yet decided on a date to take the exam. I'm going to glance over the material and take some practice tests to get an idea of where I am at with it. If I feel like i'm blazing through it and understanding it all quickly, I will likely take the exam within the next 6 weeks. I studied for Security+ for only a month or 2, and then Network+ for only a week or so and passed them just fine.

    Ideally I will be looking to sit for the test the first week of May.
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    Is anyone aware of any discount vouchers for the Server+? I searched and could not locate anything.

    Also, i'm now thinking about picking up that Server+ spiral bound book, since it's only $40.32 from Amazon and I can get free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime.

    Is that book worth it do you think?

    I do think I can Pass the test with what I have, but I would prefer to excel on the exam and not just pass it with a minimum score.
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    I have had a quick skim through that book (well spiral bound pages...if you like!) and it seems pretty basic in content, as cited previously, supplementing it with the Exam Cram and some additional online resources I believe should do it. You may end up taking it around the same time as myself, I'll keep you appriased of any useful info I find.
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    Be a little cautious with ProProfs,

    even though they are listed as a safe site on certguard, I inadvertently found a brain dump on there, which I reported to ProProfs and Certguard
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    Thanks for the call out. Last thing I want to do is engage in a dump. I'd rather have no certs than dumped ones. That would take all the internal happy feelings away.

    Seriously wants the point. I guess if you hated certs and your company said you have to have this certification by this date or you lose your job, you might want to dump. But other than that extreme and highly unlikely scenario why would you do it?
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    Jonathan Lau has a pretty good Server+ book in Kindle format on Amazon. I used this, along with some notes found on this site, to pass a couple months ago.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for the call out. Last thing I want to do is engage in a dump. I'd rather have no certs than dumped ones. That would take all the internal happy feelings away.

    Seriously wants the point. I guess if you hated certs and your company said you have to have this certification by this date or you lose your job, you might want to dump. But other than that extreme and highly unlikely scenario why would you do it?
    Yeah I just purchased that book the other day since I read from a lot of people on here that it is a very good resource.

    I just wish I could print it and be able to bring it with me to study with without having to look at it on my Laptop. (Dumb kindle books).
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    One week left until I sit for Server+! Ive been reading Lau's kindle book but i'm only like 1/4 way through. I started some flash cards as well. Hope I can study enough between now and then because I really want to bang this cert out.
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    You should be fine with Lau's book, I'd also recommend Exam Cram, steer clear of that spiral bond jaloppy from axzo press, it is not that useful. The prep questions in the Exam Cram book are not far from the actual exam experience, and they provide indepth answers for each question. I would have to say that if you are getting around 90% with these questions, you are ready to take the exam.

    Lau's questions are a little thin and do not really simulate the exam experience, the Exam Cram book has a greater depth of questions. Also try the practise questions on the CompTIA website.

    Hope this helps Mate
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    Quote Originally Posted by quinnyfly View Post
    You should be fine with Lau's book, I'd also recommend Exam Cram, steer clear of that spiral bond jaloppy from axzo press, it is not that useful. The prep questions in the Exam Cram book are not far from the actual exam experience, and they provide indepth answers for each question. I would have to say that if you are getting around 90% with these questions, you are ready to take the exam.

    Lau's questions are a little thin and do not really simulate the exam experience, the Exam Cram book has a greater depth of questions. Also try the practise questions on the CompTIA website.

    Hope this helps Mate
    Are you referring to the Exam Cram Server+ book for the SKO-002 exam? I have not seen an updated Exam Cram book for SKO-003. If so you're saying that even the outdated book is a good reference and practice for the current SKO-003 exam?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaX 07 View Post
    Are you referring to the Exam Cram Server+ book for the SKO-002 exam? I have not seen an updated Exam Cram book for SKO-003. If so you're saying that even the outdated book is a good reference and practice for the current SKO-003 exam?
    Yes, I used it towards the end, I wish I used it from the beginning to be honest. Even though it is for the older exam, it well covers almost all topics with a good spread of coverage. It got me through along with Lau's kindle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quinnyfly View Post
    Yes, I used it towards the end, I wish I used it from the beginning to be honest. Even though it is for the older exam, it well covers almost all topics with a good spread of coverage. It got me through along with Lau's kindle.
    Wow sweet, I am surprised that book is still useful since it was published 7 years ago! I just ordered the book on amazon and will use that when it arrives.

    Do you recommend I actually read the entire book through, or should I just focus on the core areas that you mentioned are most relevant (Disaster recovery, SCSI, RAID, etc.) and do all of the practice questions multiple times?

    I think i'm going to push back my exam by a week or two so i'll have more time to study. I'd rather delay it a little and pass it then try to do it now and fail.
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    I'd perhaps mostly focus on the objectives, print them off and then highlight or tick them off one by one, this way you don't necessarily have to read the whole book, only what is relevant. Again between the Exam Cram and Lau's kindle, you should fine and I reckon your spot on with delaying it for another week or two using this other study resource. Definately do the practsie exams both in the Exam Cram book and on the CD, they were the biggest help in my experience.

    If you have any probs with anything study wise, drop me a PM and I'll send you my notes if that helps.
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