CompTIA Server+ (Exam SK0-004) Boot Camp - 5 Days -

CompTIA Server+ (Exam SK0-004) Boot Camp - 5 Days

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Course Specifications

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Course Length:

5 days

Course Description


The CompTIA Server+ (Exam SK0-004) course builds on your existing professional experience with personal computer hardware support to present the next tier of skills and concepts that you will use on the job when administering any type of network server. If your job duties include server troubleshooting, installation, or maintenance, or if you are preparing for any type of network server-related career, it provides the primary knowledge and skills you will require to be successful. The CompTIA Server+ (Exam SK0-004) course can also benefit you if you are preparing to take the CompTIA Server+ examination (Exam SK0-004).

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to perform the duties of a server administrator.

In this course, you will:

  • Manage server hardware.
  • Install server hardware and operating systems.
  • Configure networking hardware and protocols.
  • Perform basic server configuration tasks.
  • Create a virtual server environment.
  • Administer servers.
  • Implement server storage solutions.
  • Secure the server.
  • Plan and test disaster recovery.
  • Troubleshoot server issues.


Target Student:

This course is designed for IT professionals such as PC, desktop, and help desk technicians who have experience supporting PC hardware who wish to make the transition to become server hardware and support specialists. This course is also designed for existing server managers who are preparing to take the CompTIA Server+ Exam SK0-004.


To ensure your success in your course you should have 18 to 24 months of hands-on experience with installation, configuration, diagnosis, and troubleshooting of PC hardware and network operating system issues. It is also recommended that you have the CompTIA A+ certification or the equivalent training and experience. You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the following Logical Operations courses:

  • CompTIA A+ Certification: A Comprehensive Approach
  • CompTIA Network+


Course-specific Technical Requirements


For this course, you will need at least one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need the following minimum hardware configurations:

  • 1.4 GHz or faster 64-bit (x64) processor (processors with Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology)
  • BIOS/UEFI capable of hardware virtualization
  • 8 GB RAM minimum; more memory is recommended
  • 500 GB available hard disk space
  • DVD drive
  • Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
  • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor recommended
  • Network cards and cabling for local network access
  • Internet access (contact your local network administrator)
  • Projection system to display the instructor's computer screen
  • Label maker with Labeling Tape or labels and marker pens
If you prefer, you can provide two computers per student. This will enable them to access a server and a client. One computer per student will work as well, but for some activities students will need a partner.


Optional hardware and supplies that you might need for performing some activities include:

  • Hardware toolkit including:
    • Screwdrivers
    • Multimeter
    • Wrench
    • Flash light
    • Hammer
    • Compressed air canister
    • Vacuum
    • Cable tester
    • ESD protection
  • KVM switch and cables
  • Network switch and Ethernet cables
  • Additional hardware to install such as:
    • Power supply
    • RAM
    • Network cards
    • SAS or SATA hard drives
    • Remote management interface
    • RAID controller
    • Rack enclosure
    • Switch
    • Ethernet cables—with and without connectors installed, Cat5, Cat6, and other twisted pair cables for comparison
    • Fiber cables
    • Smart UPS
    • PDU
    • Devices with LCD screens
    • Serial cables
    • Thermostat
    • Cooling devices
    • Power cords
    • Cable ties or zip wraps
  • If you plan on introducing problems on the servers in the Troubleshooting lesson, consider having failed components that you can swap into the system for students to troubleshoot.



For this course, you will need the following software:

  • ISO or bootable DVD for 64-bit Evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 R2 (latest release)
  • ISO or bootable DVD for 64-bit Evaluation copy of Windows 8.1 with Update 1 (latest release)
  • VHD for 64-bit CentOS 7 Linux Server (latest release)
  • ISO or bootable DVD for 64-bit Kali Linux (latest release)
  • Host-based security suite
  • If necessary, software for viewing the course slides. (Instructor machine only.)


By using the latest releases of each operating system, you will not need as long during class when doing activities in which updates are applied to the operating systems. If you are not using an evaluation copy of the Windows operating systems, be sure that the appropriate Product Keys are available for the operating systems.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Managing Server Hardware

Topic A: Server Components

Topic B: Server Power

Topic C: Server Cooling

Topic D: Asset Management

Lesson 2: Installing a Server

Topic A: Prepare an Installation Plan

Topic B: Prepare the Server Hardware

Topic C: Set Up the Server Hardware

Topic D: Install an Operating System

Lesson 3: Configuring Networking

Topic A: Manage Network Cabling

Topic B: Configure Network Interface Cards

Topic C: Implement IP Addressing and Network Infrastructure Services

Lesson 4: Creating a Virtual Environment

Topic A: Create Virtual Servers

Topic B: Create Virtual Switches

Lesson 5: Performing Basic Server Configuration

Topic A: Configure Local Server Properties

Topic B: Configure Server Roles

Topic C: Set Up IP Addressing Service Roles

Lesson 6: Administering the Server

Topic A: Update the Server

Topic B: Server Administration Access and Control Methods

Topic C: Create Service Level Agreements

Topic D: Monitor Server Performance

Lesson 7: Implementing Storage Solutions

Topic A: Perform Capacity Planning

Topic B: Deploy Primary Storage Devices

Topic C: Storage Technologies

Topic D: Configure RAID

Lesson 8: Securing the Server

Topic A: Configure Firewalls

Topic B: Configure Security Protocols

Topic C: Implement Intrusion Detection Systems

Topic D: Implement Logical Access Control Methods

Topic E: Implement Data Security Methods

Topic F: Apply Server Hardening Techniques

Topic G: Implement Physical Security

Topic H: Create Virtual Networks

Lesson 9: Planning and Testing Disaster Recovery

Topic A: Implement Environmental Controls

Topic B: Manage Documentation for the Server and the Network

Topic C: Create A Disaster Recovery Plan

Topic D: Perform Backup and Restoration

Lesson 10: Troubleshooting Server Issues

Topic A: Troubleshoot Theory and Methods

Topic B: Troubleshoot Hardware Issues

Topic C: Troubleshoot Software Issues

Topic D: Troubleshoot Networking Issues

Topic E: Troubleshoot Storage Issues

Topic F: Troubleshoot Security Issues

Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to the CompTIA Server+ Exam (SK0-004)

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