HP ATA – Connected Devices certification

HP ATA – Connected Devices certification
Certification guide
HP ATA – Connected Devices
In today’s business environment, the lack of skills to execute IT technologies and cloud
solutions are roadblocks for many companies trying to stay competitive. The HP Accredited
Technical Associate (ATA) certification addresses those issues by providing the industry’s first
architect-level, open standards, and cloud-focused curriculum and certification designed for
the academic environment. A robust curriculum with practice exams and real-world scenarios,
infused with the relevant business context, enables students to implement an IT solution from
start to finish in small and medium size environments.
Through HP Institute, the HP ATA certification covers these essential IT areas:
•HP ATA – Connected Devices*
•HP ATA – Networks*
•HP ATA – Servers and Storage*
•HP ATA – Cloud
HP ATA certification helps students gain higher job and earning potential through industryrecognized certification and high-quality education that provides end-to-end IT skills with
HP and industry-standard technologies. The HP ATA – Connected Devices certification provides
the skills and knowledge required to understand a customer’s business objectives and to design,
implement, and support IT solutions in a small to medium business context. Through this
course and certification, you will learn industry-standard client technologies, including the
planning and designing of common desktop virtualization, mobile computing, traditional PCs,
thin clients, and cloud infrastructures for small and medium businesses. The course also covers
how to install, configure, and upgrade client solutions. You will also troubleshoot and perform
repair and replacement procedures for client solutions using the HP 6-step troubleshooting
methodology. In addition to performing version control, backups, and maintenance tasks,
you will explore the impact of client technologies on customer needs.
* Prerequisite to attain HP ATA – Cloud certification
See “Exam and Course Details” for more information.
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Start your IT career
Achieving an HP ATA – Connected Devices certification signifies job-readiness in key IT roles:
•Desktop support
•Helpdesk support
•Client Systems Administrator
•Systems Engineer
•Technical Support Engineer
•Connected Devices Solution Architect
For HP ATA certification, training is delivered through Certiport-authorized centers and approved
learning institutions. Certiport is the largest provider of academic certification programs in the
world and is working with HP to deliver the HP Institute program worldwide. To find a participating
school near you or to register for an exam, please visit certiport.com/hpstudent.
Exam and course details
Course name: Designing and Deploying Connected Device Solutions (#00421698)
Exam HP4-A01
1. E
xplain and recognize industry-standard
client technologies and their implications
on customer needs
1.1 Describe and recognize common desktop virtualization technologies and products
•Describe the concept of desktop virtualization and virtual machines
1.2 Describe and recognize mobile computing technologies and their implications on customer needs
•Describe and contrast between tablet, netbook, and phone form factors and their implications on customer needs
•Describe the difference between x86 (Atom-based) and ARM-based architectures, including processor and
memory requirements
•Describe the process to sync mobile devices to PCs
•Describe mobile device network connectivity
•Describe the need, security capabilities, and requirements for mobile PCs
1.3 Describe and recognize traditional PC technologies and their implications on customer needs
•Describe and contrast desktop, notebook, and tablet form factors and their implications on customer needs
•Identify the installed processor and its attributes
•Describe and recognize the differences between various memory types
•Describe common PC storage technologies
•Explain and recognize the typical accessory bus technologies, including USB, FireWire®, and other devices (SCSI)
•Recognize the type of network interface in the system and describe the performance implications, including Ethernet
10/100/1000/10Gb, Wi-Fi ABGN, GSM/CDMA, POTS (dial up), and PAN
•Recognize and describe common PC video technologies, including display types, resolution, and touch technology
1.4 Describe and recognize thin client technology and solutions
•Describe the elements of a thin client solution (terminal approach and virtualization approach only)
•Describe desktop virtualization technologies
1.5 Describe and recognize cloud technology as it relates to client solutions
•Describe the concept of “user state” and what it means to maintain “state” across a number of devices
•Describe the mechanisms to synchronize “user state,” including data storage and synchronization (mail, calendar,
•Describe the mechanisms that will provide an unified/integrated view of data from multiple sources (e.g., across
various local data folders, websites, and applications) through a single application (such as calendars, contacts,
and messaging)
•Contrast between local apps, online apps, and hybrid apps (e.g., Office, Office365, Google™ docs, OpenOffice)
•Describe the commonly available vertical applications (e.g., Salesforce.com and QuickBooks online)
•Identify and describe the common client operating systems and built-in applications
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2. P
lan and design client solutions for SMB customers
2.1 Consult with an SMB customer to assess their business and technical needs and create a plan for a
client solution
•Gather and analyze customer business requirements (including existing assets, standards, and strategies),
determine what business problems the customer is trying to solve, and anticipate current or future business
problems that the customer may not be considering
•Plan for user requirements based on user characteristics, locations, and usage patterns (power users,
administrators, etc.)
•Determine which form factors are appropriate to a particular role (desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, etc.)
•Plan for network connectivity requirements—LAN, Wi-Fi, WWAN, POTS (dial up), PAN
•Plan for management and security requirements, including asset security, user security, and data security
•Plan for printing requirements based on user/job requirements and the implications on the print infrastructure
•Plan for cross-platform interoperability issues, including file sharing, printing, and application and file-level
•Plan for data archiving, data storage, and retrieval
2.2 Design a client solution to meet the customer needs identified in the planning stage
•Use appropriate tools to size and validate a given situation, including HP website, white papers, QuickSpecs, and IT
Resource Center
•Select the client platforms to be used—selection criteria includes application availability mobility and data security
•Design a business continuity strategy
3. Install, configure, and upgrade client solutions for
SMB customers
3.1 Create pre-installation checklist
•Describe safety precautions, including personal and data safety, electrical shock protection, and ESD protection
•Assess and implement acceptable environmental conditions, including physical surroundings, thermal conditions,
humidity considerations, and magnetic interference
3.2 Set up a new PC (hardware)
•Install and upgrade system and accessory components
•Verify UPS and overload and ground considerations from planning documents
•Configure BIOS, including identifying BIOS version, accessing BIOS, and configuring BIOS features
3.3 Install the OS (operating system)
•Restore HP factory software image
•Describe OS and driver recovery media
•Describe and use media to install factory image (QuickRestore)
•Install operating system from OS media
•Install OS-specific drivers
•Configure user profile settings
•Install and configure applications
3.4 Set up a new mobile device
•Activate the device with the carrier
•Set up user profile
3.5 Set up a thin client
•Install peripherals
•Customize and configure according to specs
•Reset thin client image to factory defaults
3.6 Configure management tools and resources
•Automated admin tasks
•Describe how to create a standard PC software image/profile, including making, testing, and replicating
3.7 Conduct user training, handoff, and performance tuning
•Documentation, support information
•User customization
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4. T
roubleshoot and perform repair/replacement
procedures for client solutions for SMB customers
4.1 Troubleshoot common client issues using the HP 6-step troubleshooting methodology
•Gather information on the problem
•Evaluate data to determine the problem
•Develop an action plan to resolve the issue
•Execute the plan
•Test if the fault has been resolved using appropriate tools
•Implement preventive measures by taking necessary steps to ensure the problem does not reoccur
4.2 Describe how to best use support resources
•Evaluate service-level agreement (SLA)
•Recognize which contact method to use based on priority and urgency—contact methods include phone, email, Web,
channel services network, instant support
•Know which information to have and where to find it before you call
•Recognize when to escalate
5. P
5.1 Perform change management and version control
•Configure and update system software
•Configure hardware
5.2 Perform backups
•Describe the various backup procedures, test restores
•Perform Imaging/ghosting
5.3 Perform administrative and maintenance tasks
•Describe how to start/stop/restart system services
•Understand and describe how to load/unload device drivers
•Understand and describe how to manage disks, partitions, and file systems, and recover from failures
•Manage client solutions with HP and industry-standard resources
Exam details
To maximize results, it is recommended that students successfully complete the training and
hands-on labs prior to the exam. The following are details about this exam:
•Item types: Multiple choice
•Exam time: 60 minutes
•No online or hard copy reference material allowed
An email notification of test results will be sent two to five days after taking the exam.
Continuing career development
To continue your career development, HP ExpertOne provides everything you need to stay
relevant and able to support the evolving needs of business and IT. ExpertOne provides training
and certification for architecting, implementing, and supporting complete, end-to-end IT solutions
with skill levels ranging from professional to master.
HP Institute and Certiport partnership
HP is partnering with Certiport, Inc. to co-develop and distribute the HP Institute Program.
Certiport is the world leader in performance-based certification program management
solutions with more than 12,000 academic institutions worldwide. HP and Certiport have
developed a complete set of academic solution components, including HP Official Courseware
textbooks, videos to enhance the practical learning, practice tests, and certification exams.
All of these are designed for use by educators directly in the classroom environment.
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business insight and knowledge of HP and industry-standard solutions needed to be productive
from day one—the same skills employers will seek most to help their businesses implement
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