CompTIA Server+ (Exam SK0-004) Boot Camp - 5 Days
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).
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.
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
Optional hardware and supplies that you might need for performing some activities include:
- Hardware toolkit including:
- Flash light
- Compressed air canister
- Cable tester
- ESD protection
- KVM switch and cables
- Network switch and Ethernet cables
- Additional hardware to install such as:
- Power supply
- Network cards
- SAS or SATA hard drives
- Remote management interface
- RAID controller
- Rack enclosure
- Ethernet cables—with and without connectors installed, Cat5, Cat6, and other twisted pair cables for comparison
- Fiber cables
- Smart UPS
- Devices with LCD screens
- Serial cables
- 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.
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