Exam ID HP0-S36
Exam type Proctored exam taken at dedicated testing center
Exam duration 1 hour 45 minutes
Exam length 60 questions
Passing score 65%
Delivery languages English, Simplified Chinese
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You will need an HP Learner ID and a Pearson VUE login and password.

During the exam, you can make specific comments about the exam and items. HP welcomes these comments as part of our continuous improvement process.
No online or hard copy reference material will be allowed at the testing site. This exam may contain beta test items for experimental purposes.

Exam description

This exam tests your ability to architect HP Server Solutions. This certification attests that you can do the following:
  • Gather and analyze business and technical requirements and then plan and design enterprise class solutions based on HP Integrity and HP ProLiant Servers including the new HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) Server technologies and solutions.
  • Use your knowledge of HP server line technologies, including HP BladeSystem, connectivity, high-availability, integration, and management considerations for building comprehensive server solution designs.
  • Architect solutions that bring reliable intelligence to the core of a converged infrastructure, optimizing application performance, proactively securing uptime and providing insight into every aspect of an IT infrastructure.

Who should take this exam?

Although anyone can take this exam, most successful candidates have one year experience designing and planning HP ProLiant Server or HP Integrity Server solutions. It is also expected that you will have industry standard server technology knowledge from training, hands on experience or participation in other technical events.

Exam contents

This exam has 60 questions. Here are types of questions to expect:
  • Multiple choice (multiple responses)
  • Multiple choice (single response)
  • Pull down menu selection

Tips for taking this exam

This exam assesses whether you have the knowledge and skills that a Server Architect requires on the job. Therefore, many test items present a scenario, which outlines a particular environment or problem. You may also need to use exhibits to complete the test items successfully.

Take the time to read the entire question and consider all of the options carefully before you answer. If the question indicates that it features an exhibit, study the exhibit and reread the question. Make sure to select the answer that correctly responds to the question that is asked — not simply an answer that includes some correct information. If the question asks for more than one answer, remember to select each correct answer. You will not receive partial credit for a partially correct answer.


This exam validates that you can successfully perform the following:

Fundamental server architectures and technologies

  • Compare and contrast memory subsystem architecture and components
  • Identify, recognize, and differentiate storage technologies
  • Compare and contrast HA concepts and technologies


HP Server products, solutions and warranty/service offerings

  • Differentiate HP server products, technologies, processes
  • Describe health and fault technologies
  • Identify and define HP datacenter and rack infrastructure solutions
  • Compare and contrast I/O connectivity options
  • Compare and contrast HP storage options
  • Identify HP high-availability and HPC solutions
  • Identify HP management tools & solutions


Competitive positioning (recognizing opportunity)

  • Describe the HP Server solution marketplace
  • llustrate how HP server solutions provide competitive advantage and value


Solution planning and design

  • Gather and analyze customer requirements and infrastructure
  • Design, size, and validate the solution
  • Create an implementation plan


Solution management (administrative and operational tasks)

  • Configure HP Systems Insight Manager
  • Manage/maintain components using appropriate tools

Sample questions

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