Everything You Should Know About Apple Certified System Administrator

Apple Certified System Administrator (abbreviated as ACSA) was a designed certificate program by Apple Inc. in order to verify a deep knowledge of the technical architecture of Apple. Mac OS X v10.6 was the latest ACSA certification which was offered. However, it will not be offered for Mac OS X v10.7 and later.

Apple Certified System Administrator or ACSA showcases the capability to install and configure Mac OS X systems. It also demonstrates the capability to design as well as configure networks. It includes enabling, customizing, tuning, and troubleshooting a plethora of services, and integrating Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, and other Apple technologies all under a multi-platform networked environment.

In 2012, the ACSA or Apple Certified System Administrator for Mac OS X v10.6 was put to a halt. It will not be coming back for Mac OS X v10.7 and later. The ACSA as Appleā€™s most highly certified program for systems administrations will now be replaced by Apple Certified Technical Coordinator v10.7. Before the ACSA for Mac OS X v10.6 was terminated, it was available for Mac OS X v.10.6 and Mac OS X v10.5. in October 2009, the Mac OS X v10.4 examination was put to an end and in December 2005, the Mac OS X v10.3 exam was put to an end.

Exams required for Mac OS X v10.6, Snow Leopard

When these exams were phased out, it was replaced with Security and Mobility. Following were the exams that were essential:

  • Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.6 Exam
  • Mac OS X Directory Services v10.6 Exam
  • Mac OS X Deployment v10.6 Exam
  • Mac OS X Security and Mobility v10.6 Exam

Exams required for Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard

This was revised in order to have a deeper insight on Mac OS X Server than 10.4. Following were the exams that were essential:

  • Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.5 Exam
  • Mac OS X Directory Services v10.5 Exam
  • Mac OS X Deployment v10.5 Exam
  • Mac OS X Advanced System Admin v10.5 Exam

Exams required for Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger

Apart from these exams, these were the cut off for the credits in order to attain Mac OS X v10.4 certificate.

  • Mac OS X Deployment v10.4 Exam (9L0-609) — 2 credits
  • Xsan Administration v1.1 Exam (9L0-610) — 3 credits
  • Directory Services Integration and Administration v10.4 Exam (9L0-611) — 4 credits
  • Security Best Practices v10.4 Exam (9L0-612) — 3 credits
  • Podcasting and Streaming Internet Media Exam (9L0-613) — 3 credits
  • Command Line Setup and Administration v10.4 Exam (9L0-614) — 3 credits
  • Network Account Management v10.4 Exam (9L0-615) — 3 credits
  • Xsan for Pro Video Technician v10.4 Exam (9L0-932) — 3 credits

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