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CompTIA Server+

Length: 5 Days    Cost: $3,500 + GST    Version: CompTIA

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About this Course

This 5-day course focuses on server hardware technologies and operating systems plus related storage and network systems and support procedures.

This course will teach you advanced-level technical competency of server issues and technology, including installation, configuration, upgrading, maintenance, environment, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery.


CompTIA Server+ is a foundation-level certificate for IT professionals with 18-24 months of experience, and whose job role is focused on server infrastructure.


It is recommended that you have the following skills and knowledge before starting this course:

  • Taken and passed both CompTIA A+ Certification exams or have equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • Six months to one year of post-A+ Certification support experience.
  • Extensive experience of supporting end-users and PC-based systems.

At Course Completion

On course completion, you will be able to:

  • Install and upgrade server-class hardware.
  • Install and configure server NOS and applications software.
  • Configure RAID arrays.
  • Use management and monitoring tools.
  • Create disaster recovery plans.
  • Troubleshoot hardware, storage, networking, and software issues.

Course Outline

Module 1 / Server Setup

Servers and Racks

Server Hardware and Software

Server Form Factors

Rack Systems

Rack Installation and Safety

Storage Devices

Mass Storage Drives

The SCSI Interface

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)

The Serial ATA Interface

Solid State Drives (SSD)


Drive Arrays (RAID)

RAID Mirroring and Parity

Nested RAID

Hardware and Software RAID

Enterprise RAID Configurations

System Setup

BIOS and UEFI Configuration

Upgrading Firmware

MBR and GPT Partitions

File System Choices


Preparing the Server

Server Operating Systems

Server Pre-installation Planning

Network Operating Systems

Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)

Installation and Deployment Methods

Driver Installation

Virtual Memory


Installing an NOS

Troubleshooting Procedures

Troubleshooting Procedures

Identifying the Problem

Establishing a Probable Cause

Establishing a Plan of Action


Configuring an NOS

Module 2 / Server Networking


Twisted Pair Cabling and Connectors

Installing Network Cables

Patch Cable Types

Fiber Optic Cabling and Connectors

Ethernet Standards

Network Adapter Cards

Troubleshooting Cabling

Internet Protocol

The TCP/IP Suite

Internet Protocol and IP Addressing

Subnet Masks

Configuring IP

Classless Addressing

Planning an IPv4 Addressing Scheme

Troubleshooting IP

IP Version 6


Configuring Network Settings

Routers and Firewalls

IP Routing Basics

Troubleshooting Routing Issues

TCP and UDP Ports


Zones and Access Control Lists (ACL)

Basic Firewalls

Host-based Firewalls

VLAN Configuration

Network Services

Network Services Servers

Host Names and FQDNs

Domain Name System (DNS)

Configuring DNS Servers

nslookup and nbtstat

Configuring DHCP

NTP Server

Virtualization Services

Virtualization Basics


Resource Requirements

Virtual Networks

Purposes of Virtual Machines

Virtualization Best Practices and Risks


Installing a Linux VM

Module 3 / Server Applications

Configuring Server Roles

Installing Roles and Applications

Database and Application Servers

Web Servers

File Transfer Services (FTP)

Email (SMTP / POP / IMAP)

Messaging Servers

Troubleshooting Services


Configuring a DHCP Server

Storage Services


Fibre Channel

Tape Drives

Other Storage Media

Storage Capacity Planning

Volume Management

Disk Management Tool

Adding Arrays (Dynamic Storage)

Drive Status and Disk Tools

Managing Disks in Linux

Troubleshooting Storage

Troubleshooting RAID

Troubleshooting Disk Performance

Directory Services

Configuring Directory Services

Active Directory

Managing Users

Managing Group Accounts

Account Policy Enforcement


Configuring Directory Services

File and Print Services

Configuring File Shares

NTFS File and Folder Permissions

Securing a Linux File System

Print Servers


Configuring File Shares

Troubleshooting Software

Server Monitoring

Measuring Performance in Windows

Measuring Performance in Linux

System Logs

Troubleshooting Software Problems


Monitoring Performance

Module 4 / Server Maintenance

Server Hardware

Motherboard Components

CPU Features

CPU Packaging and Sockets

CPU Upgrades

System Memory

Dual-channel Motherboards

Other Memory Features

Expansion Cards


Deploying Windows

Upgrading Hardware

Environment and Maintenance

Developing a Server Management Plan

Server Chassis Features

Performing Shut Down

Server Cooling

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)


Maintenance Tasks

Power Distribution


Power Supply Unit

Connector Types and Voltages

Power Problems and UPS

UPS Sizing

UPS in the Data Center

PDUs and Power Circuits

Server Hardware Troubleshooting

Adding and Removing Components

Troubleshooting Power and POST Problems

Troubleshooting Processor, Memory, and I/O Failure

Performing a Memory Upgrade


Troubleshooting Scenarios

Server Management

Server Management Methods

Local Hardware Administration

OS Administration Tools

Network Hardware Administration Tools


Managing a Server

Configuration Management

Change and Configuration Management


Procedures and Standards

Module 5 / Server Security

Site Security


Designing a Secure Site

Site Security Controls

Hardware Security

Data Encryption

Data Wiping and Disposal

Fire Prevention and Suppression


Disk Encryption

Remote Access Services

Digital Security

Remote Access Server

Server Hardening

Hardening Techniques

Firmware Security

Patch Management

Windows Update

Linux Patch Management

Application Patch Management

Security Software

Anti-malware Software

Preventive Measures

Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)

Endpoint Security

Vulnerability Assessments

Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity Concepts

Disaster Recovery Planning

IT Contingency Planning

Clusters and Sites


Backup Plans and Policies

Database and System Backups

Backup Execution and Frequency

Restoring Data and Verifying Backups



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