CompTIA Server+ SK0-003 Certification: What We Know Now

March 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Posted in CompTIA | 7 Comments


The newest version of CompTIA’s Server+ certification is test number SK0-003.  While the CompTIA web site has not announced an official retirement date, we expect the old version of Server+, SK0-002, to be retired by the end of the year.

CompTIA Server+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification for server support professionals with 18 to 24 months of experience with Industry Standard Server Architecture (ISSA) technology. CompTIA Server+ certifies technical knowledge in areas such as RAID, SCSI, and multiple CPUs, as well as capabilities with disaster recovery. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Server+ candidates already hold the CompTIA A+ certification.

Here is the objective breakdown and weighting for SK0-003:

System Hardware – 21%
Software – 19%
Storage – 14%
IT Environment – 11%
Disaster Recovery – 11%
Troubleshooting – 24%

At first glance, this blueprint is quite a change from the SK0-002 exam. The General Server Knowledge objective, which had the largest weighting in SK0-002, is no longer included. However, when I more closely examined the blueprint, I realized that many of the same topics are covered. As with other CompTIA exams, I expect that this new version is a reflection of the changes in technology that have occurred since the last exam version.

To obtain the full Server+ Exam Guide from CompTIA, go to You will need to input some personal information to download the Exam Guide. Note that you can download objectives for all CompTIA exams that interest you with this form. Also note that when you download the Server+ objectives, you’ll receive BOTH the old objectives and the new objectives.

CompTIA candidates can take their tests at Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers worldwide. While CompTIA has no official announcement yet, there is a great possibility that the new exam will be released internationally in phases as the exam is translated into other languages.

While there are many books available to prepare you for SK0-002, there are currently no books released for the SK0-003 exam. This makes it a bit challenging for us overachievers to get a head start on studying the new objectives, but I expect CompTIA’s Training Materials link to be updated any day now with new references!

Look for my future posts on Project+ and Linux+!

— Robin


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  1. Did you ever find a book for sk0-003? I can’t find anything online, legitimate or otherwise.

    • Sorry, I cannot locate any printed references either. Luckily, our practice test includes online references for every item to help you study.

  2. Hate to revive a dead thread but….
    It’s still nearly impossible to find a book for this cert!

    Axzopress has the only book I can find after a great amount of surfing..

    As for the “otherwise” beware: many things I’ve stumbled upon have HUGE glaring errors! Some items more than 1/3 clearly wrong answers with questions you’d find in the 002 exam

    • I can totally appreciate any frustration out there with the lack of books published for this certification. While a student can often easily find books for the “Big 3” (A+, Network+, and Security+, many of CompTIA’s other tests are ignored and/or overlooked.

      As for finding questions on 002 exam, the 003 and 002 versions did have quite a bit of content overlap. This occurs in most of the CompTIA tests when a new version is published. Not everything changes! Even the post above mentions the similarities.


  3. I’m in the same camp as the others: I have access to a wide swathe of material for the SK0-002, but material for the SK0-003 is scarce. Would you happen to know just how relevant material for the 2005 is to the 2009?

    • There is quite a bit of overlap in material for the two different versions. I would say to compare the Exam Guide for the current Server+ to any reference that you are using.

      For our tests, rest assured that we use online references. We encourage our customers to thoroughly read our explanations and then use the provided online references for further study.

  4. Let me be super real with all reading this… I took the practice and scored 90 percent. If you are A+ certified and have minor experience working on DELL’s, HP Proliant’s, and Sun Server’s, etc. And have even slightly dealt with Windows Server ANY version, you should be ready to pass already. I just want to get the book to follow up on the technical terms.

    If you really do this stuff, you won’t need to study or a book. Read the instruction manuals of the servers you use. They drop so much info you would need to use on the exam already. I think the enviromental issues would be the big one you’d need to book for, like HVAC, and rack mounting.

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