Exam Guide for 1D0-450 CIW Server Administrator 

Note: This exam is retired, effective June 30th, 2011. Certifications previously awarded will remain valid. No further credentials will be issued. For more information visit our Exam Retirement web page


CIW Server Administrator is a requirement for the following CIW certifications:

CIW Associates who pass the CIW Server Administrator exam also achieve the following CIW certification:


Candidates must complete the following prerequisites prior to sitting the CIW Server Administrator exam:

  • CIW Certification Agreement. This simple on-line agreement needs to be completed only once, but is necessary for CIW Certification Central to ship CIW certificates (CIW Associate, CIW Professional or Master CIW certificates) to candidates who pass the required CIW certification exam(s).
  • CIW Associate certificate. Passing the CIW Foundations exam 1D0-510 is required for those candidates to achieve CIW Professional, Master CIW Administrator, and/or Master CIW Web Site Manager certification designation.

No candidate is restricted from taking the CIW Server Administrator Professional exam. However, it is highly recommended that candidates take (and pass) CIW exams in sequential order.

CIW Server Administrator certification is a prerequisite for the CIW Internetworking Professional and CIW Security Professional exams, and a requirement for Master CIW Administrator certification. CIW Server Administrator certification is also a requirement for the Master CIW Web Site Manager certification.


Students who have taken CIW courses are encouraged to continue their studies and apply their new skills before attempting the 1D0-450 Server Administrator exam. Skills taught in the CIW Server Administrator courses are best reinforced with real-world experience.

The candidate is responsible for learning the content and achieving a passing score on the CIW Server Administrator exam. Comments regarding course delivery should be referred to the training company that delivered the course.

Any 1D0-450 CIW Server Administrator exam will be subject to the following:

  • Each delivery of the exam will include a random selection of 60 items.
  • The examination period will be 75 minutes.

To achieve a passing score on the 1D0-450 CIW Server Administrator exam, candidates must:

  • Correctly answer at least 45 of the 60 questions to achieve a total score of 75% or greater AND correctly answer at least 70% of the questions in each individual module.

Module Number of Items
Internet Systems Management 30
Advanced Internet Systems Management 30
Total Items 60

Each exam item offers four solutions or distracters. Exam candidates must select the one best solution for each item.

Third-Party Books and Web Sites

The following resources are provided as a supplement to your studies, and will reinforce the skills and concepts learned with CIW official Server Administrator course materials.

  • Albitz, Paul, and Cricket Liu. DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition. Sebastopol, Cal.: O'Reilly and Associates, 2001. ISBN 0-59600-158-4.
  • Apache Web Server Directives List
  • Frisch, Aeleen. Essential System Administration, Second Edition. Sebastopol, Cal.: O'Reilly and Associates, 1996. ISBN 1-56592-127-5.
  • Laurie, Ben, and Peter Laurie. Apache: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition. Sebastopol, Cal.: O'Reilly and Associates, 1996. ISBN 1-56592-528-9.
  • McCarty, Bill. Learning Red Hat Linux. Sebastopol, Cal.: O'Reilly and Associates, 1999. ISBN 1-56592-627-7.
  • Palmer, Michael J. MSCE Guide to Microsoft Windows 2000. Cambridge, Mass.: Course Technology, 2000. ISBN 0-619-01517-9.
  • W. Richard Stevens. TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1994. ISBN 0-201-63346-9.
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