Exam ID HP0-S39
Exam type Proctored exam taken at dedicated testing center
Exam duration 1 hour 45 minutes
Exam length 60 questions
Passing score 66%
Delivery languages English
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Exam description

This exam tests that you have a minimally defined mastery level of the HPE BladeSystem Networking. It tests that you can identify and describe the networking technologies, concepts, terminology, and components. It also tests that you can setup, configure, and integrate Virtual Connect within a data center network. In addition, it covers your ability to use the appropriate tools to monitor and manage the Converged Infrastructure networking resources.

Who should take this exam?

Although anyone can take the exam, most successful candidates have at least 2 years of real-world experience working with enterprise networks and have taken the recommended training. Successful candidates also prepare for the test in a variety of ways. This guide describes some of these ways and provides references to materials for further preparation.

Exam contents

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

Tips for taking this exam

Rather than emphasize simple memorization, HPE exams attempt to assess whether you have the knowledge and skills that an IT professional requires on the job. Therefore, many test items present a scenario, which outlines a particular environment or problem. Some test items might also include one or more exhibits.


This exam validates that you can successfully perform the following:

Fundamental networking concepts, architectures and technologies

  • Identify and describe strategies, technologies, concepts, terminology, and components for network security
    •Identify and describe strategies, technologies, concepts, terminology, and components for improving network reliability and performance (i.e. NIC teaming, port aggregation, trunking, QoS)
  • Identify and describe strategies, technologies, concepts, terminology, and components for network virtualization (i.e. VLANs, virtual switching)
    •Categorize the networking OSI reference model layers
  • Identify and describe OSI Layer 2 concepts
  • Identify and describe OSI Layer 3 concepts
  • Define Ethernet and Fibre Channel terminology and technologies
  • Identify benefits and purposes of Ethernet and Fibre Channel concepts and technologies
  • Features and benefits of networking convergence (i.e. FCoE, CEE - Converged Enhanced Ethernet)


HPE networking products and solutions

  • Describe and position the HPE networking strategies and solutions
  • Identify and compare Virtual Connect portfolio offerings
  • Define terms that relate to the Virtual Connect (in Ethernet and Fibre Channel environments)
  • Identify and describe the features/technologies used by Virtual Connect (FlexNICs, FlexFabric, VLAN tagging, stacking, etc.)
  • Describe how to integrate Virtual Connect into data center networks
  • Describe the features and functions of Virtual Connect Manager (VCM) and Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager (VCEM)
  • Describe the networking related features and functions of HP Insight Software (SIM and Insight Control for vCenter)
  • Identify the networking related features and functions of Onboard Administrator


Solution implementation (install, configure, setup, customize, integrate)

  • Implement and configure a simple Virtual Connect Ethernet network with multiple uplink ports
  • Implement and configure advanced Virtual Connect functionality such as link aggregation groups and shared uplink sets for a Virtual Connect Ethernet network
  • Implement and configure a Flex-10 solution using Onboard Administrator and Virtual Connect Manager
  • Implement a Virtual Connect Fibre Channel FlexFabric SAN using Virtual Connect Manager
  • Configure a Virtual Connect SAN fabric to hot-add and remove Fibre links and to use the Boot from SAN capability


Solution management (administrative and operational tasks)

  • Describe strategies for network management
  • Describe how to access the appropriate network infrastructure management components
  • Use BladeSystem Onboard Administrator
  • Use Insight Control
  • Use Virtual Connect Manager
  • Use HP Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager (VCEM)

Sample questions

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