CompTIA Server+ SK0-004: Storage

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Because so much work is done electronically, businesses and governments generate vast amounts of information, most of which needs to be kept available and safe. Storage technologies have improved with the growth of data requirements. This course introduces the technologies involved in storing and protecting this data and the different types of storage media, such as optical media, and describes the increased reliance on hard disks for permanent, secure data storage. As well, you’ll learn about the technology behind RAID arrays and the various types of storage architectures. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that maps to CompTIA’s Server+ exam, SK0-004, and covers the following exam objectives: 3.1 Given a scenario, install and deploy primary storage devices based on given specifications and interfaces, 3.2 Given a scenario, configure RAID using best practices, 3.3 Summarize hardware and features of various storage technologies, and 3.4 Given a scenario, calculate appropriate storage capacity and plan for future growth.

Target Audience

Established IT professionals who wish to acquire job skills and to be trained specifically to pass the CompTIA Server+ 2014 certification exam



Expected Duration

90 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

Disk Specifications

  • recognize the different disk specifications when installing and deploying primary storage devices
  • Interfaces

  • recognize features involved with the different interface options when installing and deploying primary storage devices
  • Hard Drive versus SSD

  • compare hard drive versus SSD
  • RAID Levels and Performance Considerations

  • identify the different RAID level and performance considerations
  • Software versus Hardware RAID

  • compare software RAID versus hardware RAID
  • Configuration Specifications

  • describe configuration specification best practices
  • Hot-Swap Support and Ramifications

  • describe hot-swap support and ramifications
  • Hot Spare versus Cold Spare

  • compare hot spare versus cold spare
  • Array Controller

  • describe features of an array controller
  • Direct-attached Storage

  • describe the features of DAS
  • Network-attached Storage

  • describe the features of NAS
  • Storage Area Network

  • describe the features of SAN
  • Just a Bunch of Disks

  • describe the features of JBOD
  • Tape Storage Technologies

  • describe the features of tape storage devices
  • Optical Drive

  • describe the features of an optical drive
  • Flash, Compact Flash, and USB Drive

  • describe the features of flash, compact flash, and a USB drive
  • Base10 versus Base2 Disk Size Calculation

  • compare base10 versus base2 disk size calculation
  • Disk Quotas and Disk Compression

  • calculate appropriate disk quotas and disk compression storage capacity
  • Capacity Planning Considerations I

  • recognize the different considerations for capacity planning
  • Capacity Planning Considerations II

  • recognize the different considerations for capacity planning of directories and databases
  • Exercise: Managing Storage Options