IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM Lotus Sametime 8.0

Vendor: IBM


This certification is one of those highly admired certifications which maintain its emphasis on providing high quality training to system administrators. The aim of this certification is to help the system administrators to find different ways of managing the system more efficiently and productively. Those people who are successfully able to obtain this certification become capable of carrying out a number of advanced tasks related to system administration and expand their skills. It gives the administrators a better control over their job.

Who can do this certification?

Experienced system administrators with thorough knowledge of networking and management of IBM Lotus Sametime are highly eligible for this job. Those of the administrators who are planning to work with Lotus Sametime for a long period of time should consider this certification. It will not only teach them the skills to handle this system, but it will also provide them with life time expertise that will help them in various scenarios. This certification will enable you to make use of all the options and facilities provided by Lotus Sametime to help you work more efficiently.


The benefits associated with this certification are colossal. It is obvious that these certifications provided by IBM not only increase the worth of the system administrators, but it also allows them to stand out of the crowd. This has helped many people to put their efforts in the right direction and get greater rewards. It has been observed that people certified by this certification tend to make higher salaries than those who haven't got this certification.

Associated exam

The only credential which needs to be met in this certification is only one intermediate level exam. Apart from this test, there is no other requirement which needs to be fulfilled for obtaining this certification. The exam which needs to be cleared in this case is Administering IBM Lotus Sametime 8. One needs to get a very high score in this exam if one wishes to progress further on the course of this certification.


This is an advanced level certification in the field of system administration. This means that there are many basic courses and techniques which one needs to know in detail before opting for this certification. The better the basic concepts of the candidates, the greater is their chance of obtaining this certification. The main prerequisites required for this certification include a notable experience with Lotus Sametime 8, basic administration skills and troubleshooting of errors. The system administrator is also supposed to handle whole of the system all by himself, without any assistance.

Examination Overview

LOT-800- Administering IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Exam

As the exam associated with this certification is an intermediate level exam, the topics covered are also basic and do not demand deep understanding. However, still the concepts need to be clear if one wishes to pass this exam. Only those topics which are covered in the certification will be tested in this exam. The candidates taking this exam need to know how to:

  1. Handle Security issues
  2. Maintain and Manage the system
  3. Configure and Install related settings

This exam is based on multiple choice questions that comprise of basic as well as advanced questions to check different concepts and knowledge. There are 50 questions in this exam. At least 76% marks are required to clear the exam successfully. Furthermore, the time required to complete this exam is one hour and fifteen minutes.

It is recommended that the candidate should make use of different online resources to prepare for the test. These include sample papers, product documentation of Lotus Sametime and various other online tests as a practice for this exam. The best way for the preparation is memorizing and understanding the concepts and then applying them in practical situations.

Validity of this Certification

The validity of this certification does not hold as it has been terminated by IBM since November, 2013. This certification has been replaced by IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5 system administration certification. Hence, one can directly opt for this latest certification. Furthermore, those people whose certification's validity has been void due to the termination must apply for a recertification.

Expert Review

It is not hidden that this certification has got the ability to improve your reputation as well as skills required to do your job. In my opinion no one should miss this great opportunity. In this competitive world, there are very rare things which let you stand out of the crowd. This certification for system administration is one of these rare opportunities which will let your capabilities emerge.

NehaDuggal, Murphy USA Inc

Calgary, Canada

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