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Anyone else get the invite for the Server+ 2009 beta?

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    TravR1TravR1 Member Posts: 332
    The new Server+ credentials look a lot better than the old Server+ exam.
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    vColevCole Member Posts: 1,573 ■■■■■■■□□□
    LarryDaMan wrote: »
    You're really making the most of May, huh? :)

    Heck yeah, adding EXTRA days to it. icon_lol.gif
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    Tyrant1919Tyrant1919 Member Posts: 519 ■■■□□□□□□□
    They did some major updating to Server+, nice...
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    JordusJordus Banned Posts: 336
    Just sat this beta.

    It wasnt very difficult, IMO. I'd be extremely surprised if i didnt pass.

    Out of 130 questions im pretty positive i got 120 correct. So/so on about 7 and i was clueless on about 3.

    The test proctor did let me know that according to recently updated prometric procedure, she had cleaned my area with disinfectant to ensure i would not contract swine flu. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    azjagazjag Member Posts: 579 ■■■■■■■□□□
    How were the questions? Were they well written, clear and concise or like the some of the current exams which are vague and confusing? did it take you the full 90 minutes? I'm taking the test in 2 weeks so i'm curious and i'm sure some other people on the forum would ask the same questions.
    Good luck.
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    JordusJordus Banned Posts: 336
    azjag wrote: »
    How were the questions? Were they well written, clear and concise or like the some of the current exams which are vague and confusing? did it take you the full 90 minutes? I'm taking the test in 2 weeks so i'm curious and i'm sure some other people on the forum would ask the same questions.
    Good luck.

    Keep in mind that i've never taken a CompTIA exam before today.

    The questions were about 40% 2-3 sentence long scenarios. Nothing like a Microsoft style question but showed some depth.

    Another 40% were very short, terse questions that were straight to the point.

    The last 20% varied in length and were pretty ambiguous. Some questions had, i felt, 2 or 3 correct answers each. There were some that FELT ambigious until i carefully reread the question and make note of every word and their connotation.
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    Megadeth4168Megadeth4168 Member Posts: 2,157
    Jordus wrote: »
    Keep in mind that i've never taken a CompTIA exam before today.

    The questions were about 40% 2-3 sentence long scenarios. Nothing like a Microsoft style question but showed some depth.

    Another 40% were very short, terse questions that were straight to the point.

    The last 20% varied in length and were pretty ambiguous. Some questions had, i felt, 2 or 3 correct answers each. There were some that FELT ambigious until i carefully reread the question and make note of every word and their connotation.

    I just took mine today... I have to say that I agree with this assessment. I wrote really quickly about it on my site.

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    qwertyiopqwertyiop Member Posts: 725 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Im taking my test in 2 weeks and just wanted to know if you guys knew of any books I could review
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    qwertyiop wrote: »
    Im taking my test in 2 weeks and just wanted to know if you guys knew of any books I could review
    Just go down all the topics on the objectives list and look everything up on the Internet. I'm putting together a blog article with links to pages to use for studying the objective topics, and so far it looks like Wikipedia is the best single site for Server+ information.
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    meadITmeadIT Member Posts: 581 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Did anyone that got the first email NOT get their voucher code after confirming your test center and that you can take it by the cutoff date?
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    JordusJordus Banned Posts: 336
    qwertyiop wrote: »
    Im taking my test in 2 weeks and just wanted to know if you guys knew of any books I could review


    If you really have an MCSA, A+ and Network+ i dont see how you cant pass this beta.

    It felt extremely easy to me, and although I could be totally wrong and perhaps failed it miserably, it just didnt feel that way.

    The questions were good for a beginners cert, but after a year or two working directly with servers a candidate should have 0 problem with this test.
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    Megadeth4168Megadeth4168 Member Posts: 2,157
    I think the CompTIA assessment of relevant experience is dead on. They target experience levels equivalent to that of someone working with servers for 18-24 months.

    As JDMurray mentioned, go down the objectives and search online... I skimmed the objectives and found a couple things that I was either unfamiliar with or knew very little about... I just ended up looking those objectives up on Wikipedia.
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    the_Grinchthe_Grinch Member Posts: 4,165 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I got approved for the beta exam!
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    the_Grinch wrote: »
    I got approved for the beta exam!
    Has anyone been turned down for admission to the Server+ beta exam yet? icon_lol.gif
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    the_Grinchthe_Grinch Member Posts: 4,165 ■■■■■■■■■■
    LOL yeah man they must be taking anyone if I got it...
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    the_Grinch wrote: »
    LOL yeah man they must be taking anyone if I got it...
    I didn't mean it like that...icon_redface.gif
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    PC509PC509 Member Posts: 804 ■■■■■■□□□□
    I took the exam today. It was fairly easy. A lot of stuff I knew from hands on in the field type of stuff. The rest was common sense as a sys. admin. A lot of basic questions, a few of them were someone odd questioned. Very short questions.

    Some basic things to study: RAID, Different interfaces (PCI-X, PCIe, SAN, NAS, etc.), network protocols, best practices, virtualization... A little bit of everything, not very in depth at all (which is what it is targeted at, I guess). My best advice: look at the objectives and study what you don't know. All in all, an entry level exam. If you have any experience with servers, you should be able to do a quick study and pass this thing.

    I am sure I will pass. I left a lot of comments on the questions to help out CompTIA as well. Good luck to those that haven't taken it yet!
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    dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Exam deadline: May 29 or the first 400 people to take the exam, whichever comes first

    So if 400 people take the exam, the beta just ends, regardless of whether you've gotten a voucher and registered? Is everyone rushing to take the exam ASAP?

    No results until Q4 either, ouch! I don't have the patience for that...
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    ULWizULWiz Member Posts: 722
    I just got this email and applied last week for it. This exam has to be taken by the end of the month?

    Dear Server+ Beta Applicant:

    We have received your confirmation to take the Server+ voucher for Prometric.

    At the present time, we await new voucher numbers.

    Once we receive your voucher number, I will send the voucher number to you via email.

    Thank you.
    Sharon Tierney
    Product Manager
    630-678-8397
    Corporate Website-- CompTIA - The Computing Technology Industry Association, IT Association
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    JordusJordus Banned Posts: 336
    dynamik wrote: »
    So if 400 people take the exam, the beta just ends, regardless of whether you've gotten a voucher and registered? Is everyone rushing to take the exam ASAP?

    No results until Q4 either, ouch! I don't have the patience for that...


    Well we all cant drop 3 grand per cert ;)

    I'll take free any way i can get it.
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    the_Grinchthe_Grinch Member Posts: 4,165 ■■■■■■■■■■
    No worries JD, I knew you didn't mean it that way. Little self ball busting... ;)
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    desertmousedesertmouse Member Posts: 77 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I just got this email as well...
    ULWiz wrote: »
    I just got this email and applied last week for it. This exam has to be taken by the end of the month?

    Dear Server+ Beta Applicant:

    We have received your confirmation to take the Server+ voucher for Prometric.

    At the present time, we await new voucher numbers.

    Once we receive your voucher number, I will send the voucher number to you via email.

    Thank you.
    Sharon Tierney
    Product Manager
    630-678-8397
    Corporate Website-- CompTIA - The Computing Technology Industry Association, IT Association
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    dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Jordus wrote: »
    Well we all cant drop 3 grand per cert ;)

    Me either; I make work pay for it.
    Jordus wrote: »
    I'll take free any way i can get it.

    Hopefully you have higher standards when it comes to women ;)
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    msteinhilbermsteinhilber Member Posts: 1,480 ■■■■■■■■□□
    dynamik wrote: »
    Hopefully you have higher standards when it comes to women ;)

    No no, same same but different!
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    SlowhandSlowhand Mod Posts: 5,161 Mod
    Apparently, CompTIA's standards are much, much lower than I thought. I just got my reply from Sharon Tierny saying they've got my Pearson VUE voucher on order. icon_lol.gif

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    JordusJordus Banned Posts: 336
    Slowhand wrote: »
    Apparently, CompTIA's standards are much, much lower than I thought. I just got my reply from Sharon Tierny saying they've got my Pearson VUE voucher on order. icon_lol.gif


    Yeah, they are.

    I will continue to think that as well, even though I got jumped the last time i said it on these forums.

    Not trying to devalue the cert, but any kind of PC hardware enthusiast is going to know more than A+ will ever teach you within a couple-three months of tinkering. And just about anything in Network+ you will pick up as you work with different operating systems and their interconnecvity.

    CompTIA certs are good to get started. Thats about it, though.
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    SlowhandSlowhand Mod Posts: 5,161 Mod
    Jordus wrote: »
    Yeah, they are.

    I will continue to think that as well, even though I got jumped the last time i said it on these forums.

    Not trying to devalue the cert, but any kind of PC hardware enthusiast is going to know more than A+ will ever teach you within a couple-three months of tinkering. And just about anything in Network+ you will pick up as you work with different operating systems and their interconnecvity.

    CompTIA certs are good to get started. Thats about it, though.
    Actually, I was being sarcastic. As you said, CompTIA exams are a great way to get started in the industry, and recommend you have somewhere between 3 - 6 months of professional experience before attempting, (meaning you should have plenty of theoretical knowledge before that, or you wouldn't have gotten the job). The reason I'm taking the Server+ exam is because it never did get updated back when I wanted to take it in the first place, and I was worried that it was going away for good. Now that the beta is out, I feel as if though it's worth the effort to read up on some server technologies I haven't used, learn some new things, and sit the exam to see how I do.

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    bikeandskibikeandski Member Posts: 69 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Just got my voucher today! And I'm in for the Windows 7 exam. Nice!
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    WanBoy67WanBoy67 Member Posts: 225
    Jordus wrote: »
    CompTIA certs are good to get started. Thats about it, though.

    Don't forget unknowledgable HR people.


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    Certified Convergence+ Person : "I'll get my coat."
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    jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    bikeandski wrote: »
    Just got my voucher today! And I'm in for the Windows 7 exam. Nice!

    still waiting for mine icon_sad.gif
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