Topic outline

  • How to request free certification exams during GS 2022

    To request your free exam attempt:

    1. Register for Global Summit 2022
    2. Any time between now and June 23, 2022, request an attempt for an exam from certification@intersystems.com with the information below. You can also sign-up for an exam once you arrive at Global Summit (pending available seats) by visiting 504 Foss and speaking with a member of the Certification team (email shane.nowack@intersystems.com expressing your interest if a member of the Certification team is unavailable at 504 Foss). Please provide this information if you register by email:
    3. The Certification Team will confirm your appointment via email.


    • InterSystems IRIS System Administration Specialist

      Exam Details

      Target Exam Role: 

      An InterSystems IRIS System Administration Specialist is an IT professional who:

      • installs, manages, and monitors InterSystems IRIS environments, 
      • and ensures data security, integrity, and high availability.

      Recommended preparation:

      Recommended practical experience:

      • 1-2 years performing system administration, management, and security tasks using InterSystems IRIS data platform version 2019.1 or higher.

      Exam Practice Questions

      The practice questions found here are provided to familiarize candidates with question formats and approaches.

      Exam Format

      The questions are presented in two formats: multiple choice and multiple response. Several documentation books from the Platform Management section of InterSystems IRIS Documentation will be available during the exam (see the practice question document at the bottom of the page to see the documentation books that will be available).

      Disclaimer: Please note this exam has a 2-hour time limit. While several documentation books will be available during the exam, candidates will not have time to search the documentation for every question. Thus, completing the recommended preparation before taking the exam, and searching the documentation only when absolutely necessary during the exam, are both strongly encouraged!

      Exam Topics and Content

      The exam contains questions that cover the areas for the stated role as shown in the KSA (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities) chart immediately below. 


      KSA Group

      KSA Group Desc

      KSA Description

      Target Items

      T41Installs and configures InterSystems IRIS Installs and upgrades instances

      Installs development, client, server, and custom instances; Performs different security installs of InterSystems IRIS; Identifies structure and contents of folders in the Installation directory; Starts, stops, and lists instances from the command line; Upgrades existing instances



      Configures namespaces, databases, memory, and other system parametersCreates, views, and deletes namespaces and databases;  Identifies contents and characteristics of default databases; Maps and manages globals, routines, and packages;  Determines when it is necessary to directly edit the iris.cpf and when it is inadvisable; Determines appropriate size of global buffers and routine buffers, and tunes them as needed; Determines appropriate journal states, database size, and maximum size for database; Determines disk space requirements for installation and operation; Determines memory requirements for installation and operation; Determines appropriate values for generic memory heap settings; Increases lock-table sizes


      Manages licensesActivates and reviews licenses; Configures license servers
      T42Manages and monitors InterSystems IRISManages databasesMounts, dismounts, and expands databases; Compacts, truncates, and defrags databases; Checks database integrity; Manages data; Manages routines


      Manages user and system processesPerforms process operations: suspend, resume, terminate; Inspects processes; Manages process locks; Uses Task Manager to view, schedule, execute, manage, and automate tasks


      Manages journalingConfigures journal settings and locations; Uses journaling; Identifies the importance of enabling the "Freeze on error" option for data integrity; Differentiates between WIJ and journal functions; Uses Journal Profile utility; Restores journals; Purges journal files


      Diagnoses and troubleshoots problemsAccesses and configures system logs; Identifies and interprets errors stored in system logs; Runs IRISHung/Diagnostic Report; Identifies and terminates stuck/looping processes; Inhibits access; Gains emergency access to configuration


      Monitors system

      Uses ^PERFMON to monitor system;  Determines which monitoring tools are appropriate for different performance issues such as journal profiles,  ^BLKCOL, and ^SystemPerformance; Runs the ^SystemPerformance utility; Determines global sizes

      T43Implements system continuity Implements mirroring

      Identifies requirements to set-up mirroringIdentifies mirror members and describes mirror communication; Configures mirroring; Determines failover possibilities;  Adds databases to mirrors



      Implements ECP

      Uses ECP; Configures ECP data and application servers; Monitors and controls ECP connections



      Manages backups and recoveriesPlans backup strategies including frequency required, journal file retention, and considers OS level vs InterSystems online backups; Identifies contents included in backups;  Uses the FREEZE and THAW APIs for snapshot backups; Verifies backups; Restores system
      T44Implements system security Uses audit log to track user and system events
      Enables and disables audit events; Views audit entries and audit event properties; Identifies the root cause of common audit events; Manages audit database


      Manages securityCreates users and roles; Assigns roles and privileges; Grants permissions to resources; Enables and disables services; Protects applications and resources within applications; Implements database and data element encryption; Encrypts journals; Manages system-wide security settings; Imports/Exports security settings; Reduces attack surface; Implements two-factor authentication; Identifies the multiple layers involved in configuring and troubleshooting the Web Gateway (including connecting an external web server to InterSystems IRIS)