CompTIA Server+ is a general IT certification touching more subject of the IT world. Although it doesn’t go very deep on certain matters, in my opinion it is a good way how to consolidate your knowledge about many areas of the IT field.
Is this a good certification to have? Is it better than MCSA? I have been reading a lot about the comparisons of Server+ with other certifications. In my opinion this is something different and shouldn’t be compared to Windows Server exams.
First of all you should be asking yourself why do you study, what is the goal – if it is just plain getting a cert then maybe there are more valuable certifications from other vendors then Server+. If you are looking for a vendor-neutral, learning basic aspects from all fields and solid knowledge on all-around IT topics then I think this is a good certification to start with. You can be sure that you won’t learn just server administration, but you will gain knowledge about data center basics, storage, security and networking with great focus on troubleshooting by learning about different situations and issues you can encounter in them.
I don’t want to repeat myself, but many people look on this certification and will tell you that this is nothing but jack-of-all-trades with no solid knowledge after all, yet I haven’t seen a certification that would be mentioning basics of data center etc.
When I started preparing for this exam, there were literally no resources apart from the objectives. Now there is a little bit more resources to learn from, but I guess it is better to have more things to learn from especially the ones, which can give you another perspective about the topics – the how I was learning the things.
Edit: Because of another opportunity I had to take the certification before these materials were completed. I’m publishing what I was able to write down. Section 1, 3 and 4 are complete – all topics are described. Section 2 is only partially done.