CompTIA Server+ 2009: System Hardware

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Being a good server administrator means that you understand your systems from the ground up – both the software and the hardware. Today's server hardware is sophisticated and specialized to support multiple users, applications and processors, as well as provide fault tolerant, highly available services. This course begins the look at server hardware architecture, starting with server system boards, chassis, memory, and the brain of the server – the CPU. The course also describes the various types of expansion cards and the supporting architectures and explains when and why you would upgrade and configure your system's firmware. The course maps to CompTIA's Server+ exam, SK0-003, and covers the following exam objectives: 1.4 Explain the importance of a Hardware Compatibility List (HCL); 1.1 Differentiate between system board types, features, components, and their purposes; 1.2 Deploy different chassis types and the appropriate components; 1.3 Differentiate between memory features/types and given a scenario select appropriate memory; 1.5 Differentiate between processor features/types and given a scenario select the appropriate processor; 1.6 Given a scenario, install appropriate expansion cards into a server while taking fault tolerance into consideration; and 1.7 Install, update, and configure appropriate firmware.

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Established IT professionals who wish to acquire job skills and to be trained specifically to pass the CompTIA Server+ 2009 certification exam

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, a Comptia A+ certificate is recommended.

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CompTIA Server+ 2009: System Hardware

  • identify the importance of a hardware compatibility list
  • match components of a motherboard with their corresponding purposes
  • match chassis types with their corresponding purposes
  • distinguish between different types of RAM
  • recognize compatibility issues that must be considered when installing additional memory
  • match chip processing methods with their corresponding characteristics
  • identify characteristics of modern processors
  • determine the appropriate server form factor based on a scenario
  • determine the appropriate system memory installation based on a scenario
  • determine the appropriate processor given a scenario
  • match motherboard features with their corresponding descriptions
  • identify steps for installing an expansion card
  • recognize appropriate actions to take when upgrading firmware
  • distinguish between firmware and the BIOS
  • recognize the procedure for configuring firmware options
  • install appropriate expansion cards
  • perform a firmware upgrade
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