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I'm currently studying for the Storage+ certification and have begun looking around the forums for threads concerning this certification. I'm surprised that I can't find any. This certification has been around a really long time but I guess it never really became all that popular. I've benefited greatly during my studies but am now getting close to taking the test. Is there anyone out there who has taken it and can give their thoughts on how difficult it was and what study materials were used? Also, anyone know what happened to SG1-001? I see that there was a beta for this certification in 2011 but after that it seems to have just disappeared.
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I cannot for the life of me, find much information on this cert, or very much literature at all. McGraw Hill responded to an email of mine saying they'll be releasing literature for this, but there's no concrete ETA.
Anyone come up on really good literature on this?
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Just for a baseline, my level of experience is that I've spent a decade as a systems administrator and have only recently had any hands on experience with a storage environment. I'm definitely what would be considered a junior storage admin at best. However, I have done a bit of zoning and creation of LUNs which I think was very helpful when approaching the study material but I don't think it made the difference as to whether I passed or failed.
Below are links to the resources I used for studying and they proved to be more than enough. Maybe 10% of the questions required knowledge outside of what can be learned with these resources but for the most part you'll get what you need from just these.
One thing that I did get differing opinions on between the study material is the definition of Incremental and Differential backups. If you think you know the answer then you're probably wrong. I believe the book is right in that the SNIA definitions are used in the test which goes completely against what is used in the real world. Incremental backups get everything since the last full backup and don't reset the archive bit. Differential gets everything since the last full or differential backup. Just as oddly, SNIA names them Cumulative Incremental and Differential Incremental but in the exam they didn't use these terms. They simply called them Incremental and Differential and let you sweat as to whether they mean the generally accepted definition or the SNIA definition.
Other key topics to be very familiar with are types of RAID, types of fiber switch ports, speed of MMF fiber at various distances, and obviously anything to do with fabric configuration. Also, use your A+ learned common sense. When asked what someone should do first when troubleshooting a problem translate that as do whatever is easiest and sensible. Always check the basics before doing something that will cause downtime and requires a lot of effort.
Storage+ book - $40:
Storage+ videos - $30/month (only 11 hours of videos so one month should be enough):
CompTIA Storage+ Part 1: Storage Fundamentals - Online Training Course for Developers
CompTIA Storage+ Part 2: Network Storage & Data Replication - Online Training Course for Developers
CompTIA Storage+ Part 3: Data Protection & Storage - Online Training Course for Developers
uCertify - $120:
SGO-001 Test Prep, Exam simulation,Practice Questions -uCertify
Congratulations. We use lots of storage here. Raids, EMC, NetApps. I looked at this cert because it satisfies my CEUs for Sec+
I just randomly joined as I wanted to post about this exam and the NetApp NCSA as I have done both recently.
There is so little out there about storage exams in general, it really does puzzle me!!
I have worked with FC SANs etc for a while, but I learnt a hell of a lot from Storage+ course, I love CompTIA and it get the to the core no vendor jargon etc.
I am glad someone else noticed the whole incremental/differential thing! I only used training videos
Pluralsights and CBT Nuggets. They both talk about backups in different ways, but the core stuff is the same!
If I can offer any advice on the exam please do ask
What things should I focus on? I just completeled Pluralsights and CBT Nuggets videos and I read Nigel's book. However at this point I'm just watching Nigel's videos from Plural and feel like I'm very reviewing. Exam is in 5 days.