Differences between Network+ and Server+

lespaulman74lespaulman74 Posts: 26Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi All,

Im an Network Admin and Im just now getting some certifications since my hours have been cut

Question is:
- what is the difference between the Network+ and Server+ exams. Which one is "higher"?

Im assuming the server+ exam is higher up, since its actually applied network principles.

Thx

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  • skrpuneskrpune Posts: 1,409Member
    They're different animals, in my opinion. I took Network+ last year, and I found it to be a larger volume of material than Server+ but not necessarily harder or easier by design. I don't think that Server+ is higher...if I had to pick, I'd say that Network+ is probably more difficult for a couple reasons - much wider array of topics and hence more things you have to know how to troubleshoot. I'd liken Server+ to A+.

    (DISCLAIMER: do take all that with a grain of salt...I just took the Server+ beta exam so I have no idea how I did yet, and this is all just my opinion.)
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  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned
    What sort of work do you do? Those seem to be pretty low-level for someone with six years of experience. Also, the Server+ doesn't have a lot of recognition, so you might want to reconsider that one unless you have a specific need for it.
  • SlowhandSlowhand Questionably Benevolent Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    skrpune wrote: »
    I'd liken Server+ to A+.

    In looking at the exam guidelines for these, (I'm studying up for the Server+ beta at the moment,) I'd say that this is an accurate assessment. A+ and Server+ both focus on hardware and operating systems, in addition to networking concepts. While Server+ certainly goes deeper into networking, (being that it focuses on network operating systems and servers,) it doesn't begin to cover the same kind of material that Network+ does in that area.

    As for which one is more advanced, that's tough to tell since they're very different. In terms of recognition and prestige, the Network+ is definitely going to look better on your resume and be recognized by more employers. Server+ isn't completely foreign to employers, and the knowledge you pick up studying for it is certainly beneficial, so I say go for both. :D

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  • NinjaBoyNinjaBoy Posts: 968Member
    ...Question is:
    - what is the difference between the Network+ and Server+ exams. Which one is "higher"?

    What is the difference between the two? The Network+ concentrates on Network toplogy, cabling, the OSI, etc... While the Server+ concentrates on server hardware, software, etc...

    As for which one is higher... Well they are both on the same level, just different areas. At least in the UK, see here: Welcome to CompTIA UK . Both have been assessment to the national qualification framework (NQF) at level 3.

    -ken
  • Ron BrandtRon Brandt Posts: 55Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Hi All,

    Im an experienced Network Admin (6yrs) and Im just not getting some certifications since my hours have been cut

    Question is:
    - what is the difference between the Network+ and Server+ exams. Which one is "higher"?

    Im assuming the server+ exam is higher up, since its actually applied network principles.

    Thx
    The Network+ is like a CCENT. I wrote it last month and was quite easy. The Server+ is really A+ for enterprise. I'm doing the Server+ 2009 beta two weeks from today.
    BTW, I do not work in IT as a profession.
    Ron
  • TravR1TravR1 Posts: 332Member
    People are still doing the Beta for this?
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  • darrensmitsdarrensmits Posts: 3Member ■□□□□□□□□□
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  • beben4512beben4512 Posts: 1Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    skrpune wrote: »
    They're different animals, in my opinion. I took Network+ last year, and I found it to be a larger volume of material than Server+ but not necessarily harder or easier by design. I don't think that Server+ is higher...if I had to pick, I'd say that Network+ is probably more difficult for a couple reasons - much wider array of topics and hence more things you have to know how to troubleshoot. I'd liken Server+ to A+.

    (DISCLAIMER: do take all that with a grain of salt...I just took the Server+ beta exam so I have no idea how I did yet, and this is all just my opinion.)
    I accept with information: The Network+ concentrates on Network toplogy, cabling, the OSI. While the Server+ concentrates on server hardware, software
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  • asoftasoft Posts: 74Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Server+ is suitable if you want to take systems administration path, and Network+ is suitable if you want to take network administration path.
  • burfectburfect Posts: 128Member
    asoft wrote: »
    Server+ is suitable if you want to take systems administration path, and Network+ is suitable if you want to take network administration path.

    Old thread but wanted to bump for this post... I really have no interest in the future in the networking path, my focus/goal is towards system administration/virtualization/servers so I would assume a good place to start would be Server+? Although involved to a slight degree, I talk to SA's and VCPs all day, all who seem to have no real knowledge of networking outside the basics. Maybe study for Network+ but skip the actual test?

    I am thinking off the top of my head the tests actually worth taking (ie paying money for) would be MCSA/Server+/Security+ from the getgo as security seems to be a pressing issue no matter which path/vertical your in. Maybe the A+ just for resume purposes?
  • Params7Params7 Posts: 254Member
    burfect wrote: »
    Old thread but wanted to bump for this post... I really have no interest in the future in the networking path, my focus/goal is towards system administration/virtualization/servers so I would assume a good place to start would be Server+? Although involved to a slight degree, I talk to SA's and VCPs all day, all who seem to have no real knowledge of networking outside the basics. Maybe study for Network+ but skip the actual test?

    I am thinking off the top of my head the tests actually worth taking (ie paying money for) would be MCSA/Server+/Security+ from the getgo as security seems to be a pressing issue no matter which path/vertical your in. Maybe the A+ just for resume purposes?

    If you're looking for Sys Admin/engineering positions then knowledge of both networking and servers will come in handy. Getting server+ cert after reading through network+ study guides also will help.
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