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    Default Server+ what you need to know

    ***RAID 0,1,5, 10, 50. You need to know how many disks they require and how to figure out their capacity. Example: If you have 4 200GB drives and you configure them for RAID 5 how much space will you have? (RAID is HUGE know it like the back of your hand) --which raid configurations have parity, which one allows for hot swappable, Hardware/Software RAID difference; what a RAID controller is Processors/CPU know the difference between Intel and AMD and what pins/sockets they use, which are compatible with which All the random pieces of the motherboard---PCI slots, What ISA slots are and do, daughter board, expansion boards; SCSI; ISCSI; SAS; CMOS Drives-Flash, SATA, IDE, DVD know what jumpers are for IDE drives and what you do with them(slave/master) Know WORM -write once read many---a cd-r would be an example because you can't change the files it once it is written to the disk difference between SAN and NAS--how they connect which one you would use and for what You need to know what an HBA card is and what it does and what a fiber channel is Backups---Full Increment differential the intimate details of what the difference is---Grandfather-Father-Son backups, off-site, what is a tape library, Hot, cold and warm sites
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    Virtualization-setting up multiple OS on a single server PXE--you can reimage with it but also library's and small networks use it for like standard machines instead of having several machine with boxes and OS's NOS--which is what they call the Server OS Command line things like tracert; nslookup; ping; nbstat -a; netstat Server types File server; application server; print server Difference between 64bit and 32bit RAM---SDRAM, DDR, DDR2, DDR3 etc their different names like PC6400 is considered BLAH Diskpart, ckdsk--what it is for Emergency procedures--if there is a fire evacuate everyone first and foremost RISC/CISC they have to do with Sun machines---not much on them just what the hell they are BIOS and POST what they are and what you do with them---setting boot order and all that Multimeter (tests voltage and electrical type crap), post board (or something like that it is for troubleshooting a computer that will not POST you plug it into the motherboard) Types of server Blade A U is a server rack measurement that describes height 1 U is 1.75in so 2 U would be 3.5 inches and so forth typical rack is 42 U which means it hold 6ft of equipment NTP; SMTP, SNMP, LDAP, DNS, DHCP--what they are/do

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    Great stuff. Thank you very much. What materials did you use to study with? I'm thinking of buying a used server (or three) to play with and eventually get my Server+ (along with various MS and Linux server certs). Your post really made me realize how much I've forgotten since my A+ test nearly a year ago. I will have a lot to study, that is for certain. Again, thanks for the post!
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    Server+ is really just A+ on Steroids. I passed it with about a week's study and from my own general knowledge. I will say that the RAID's are a pain. You need to know what they are, and when to use them down to four 80GB disks used in a RAID 5, how much space will you have in total? type question.

    They also harped on some ports. Good write up.

    I personally used CBT Nuggets Server+ video's and Jon Lau's book Concise Server, and 300 practice questions from *********. I also used Skillport's Server+ Pre-test (Which had about 20 similar questions)

    All in all, I think anyone going for this should have a minimum of 1 year real experience and hands on.
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