Server 2003 Questions on OS Test?

catwinercatwiner Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
icon_eek.gif I passed A+ hardware test and am getting ready to take OS part of exam. Took advice from this forum and bought Mike Meyers' 5th edition "All In One," as well as using free practice exams, etc. Although expensive, I think I'm going to buy Transcenders practice tests and flash cards but when I tried their demo, was suprised to find huge number of questions focusing on Server 2003. Haven't come across anything to do with Server 2003 in Mike Meyers, CompTia practice exams, etc. Do I need to be worried about this? Could Transcender's Server 2003 questions be geared for the next edition of OS test or is Server 2003 questions a big deal on current test? Don't have "hands-on" experience but took a "mini-course" in A+ at a local school based on elementK. Any help or insight would be appreciated - I'm shaking in my boots since every time I think I've got a grasp on this - it seems I run into more stuff I'm not familiar with and test deadline is approaching much too fast .


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    janmikejanmike Member Posts: 3,076
    Can you reschedule your test date? You're supposed to be able to.

    I would say that about any OS in operation at this time or, at least in operation at the time of the November, 2003 exam revision, is fair game for being in the question data base.

    Best of luck, and reschedule until you're confident if at all possible.
    "It doesn't matter, it's in the past!"--Rafiki
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    bighuskerbighusker Member Posts: 147
    I wouldn't worry about it. I didn't have any questions related to Windows Server 2003 when I took it in March. The newest OS that I had any questions over was XP. A+ generally deals with the client version of Operating Systems, and not server OS's like Windows 2003. Maintaining a Windows 2003 server is well beyond the scope of the A+ test.

    You might get some questions that use Windows 2003 as an example, but I can't imagine they'd say anything that wouldn't also be true for XP or even 2000.
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    jfbjfb Member Posts: 5 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I took the OS a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised to see a server related question. Don't remember what it was exactly but it wasn't real complicated. If you know nothing about servers it could've tripped you.

    Here is what I suggest. Get a very general idea of what servers can do. Spend maybe 10 minutes on it. One question may or may not show up(out of 80) don't waste your time.

    I'd suggest also: the OS quizzes on utility switches of which there are probably way to many for someone to memorize. Get some good knowledge of the most used 1 or 2 in every major utility. Don't get into it at esoteric levels. I remember 2 or 3 switch questions at the most, and they were about Ipconfig and something else. Just practice a few and get on with it. Another 'not a big deal' thing.

    DO KNOW the major files associated with the OS's. In my nervousness my brain skipped out on me and I had a few quesitons about NT/2000/XP and checked WINNT32 as the answer when it was really WINNT.

    I was so nervous I got the sys A: question and couldn't for the life of me remember it, even though it so automatic when I was studying that I didn't even think of it. (I did eventually remember it for the test)

    Anohter thing I noticed is that the questions weren't so hard but the answers are similiar so you can't rely on the trigger of seeing something familiar.

    Just study and study everything. It is a pretty varied test. Not a lot on one thing, pretty spread out.

    Oh yeah, make sure you know what OS can be upgraded , and to what. Easy to remember when studying but this area I think I fell off in.

    And expect a few questions to blow you away, they like to shake you up. The very first question was completely unfamiliar and scared the $### out of me. BUt easier and more recognizable questions are the norm.
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    imeldesignimeldesign Member Posts: 13 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I had no server 2003 questions on the exam which surprised me since I heard transcender was supposed to be very close to the exam. Transcender's questions make you think a little more and you will "know that you know" the subject matter. The Preplogic exams, while cheaper, are more like the real exam questions I had. But, remember there is a pool of exam questions and I may have gotten the easier questions. I found that out in the A+ Hardware exam. I whizzed throught that one with only one question I know I answered wrong. Another person i this forum got a test with really hard questions....
    I bought both because I felt a little "weaker" in the os portions since most of my experience has only been win 98 support.
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