VMCE v9.5 Study Guide

The Veeam Certified Engineer v9.5 study guide.

Below is an incomplete list of study material I used for the Veeam Certified Engineer test. This guide may not be up to date on the latest version of Veeam.

List of supported storage compatible with Veeam Backup, reference:

  • Dell EMC
    • Dell EMC VNX
    • Dell EMC VNX2
    • Dell EMC VNXe
  • HPE
    • HPE 3PAR StoreServ
    • HPE StoreVirtual
    • HPE StoreVirtual VSA
  • NetApp
    • NetApp FAS
    • NetApp FlexArray (V-Series)
    • NetApp Data ONTAP Edge VSA
    • IBM N series
  • Nimble Storage
    • CS-Series
    • AF Arrays

See my list of Veeam extensions here:

In order to use the predefined tests (Heartbeat, Ping, Application) for a VM you must have VMware tools or Hyper-V integration services installed on the VM.  You can also run custom scripts.

Veeam explorers datasheet here:

If you plan on using ‘extreme compression’ Veeam recommends using a proxy that has at least 6 modern CPU cores.

New compression settings are applied at the next run of a job. New deduplication setting are applied after a new active full backup is created.

WAN accelerators must be installed on 64 bit Windows machines with a recommended minimum 8GB of RAM.

SureBackup recovery verification configurations: Basic (one network) and Advanced (two or more networks) single host virtual lab.

SureReplica recovery verification configurations: Single host basic (one network) and advanced (two or more networks) virtual lab. Also advanced (one or more networks, must reside in one datacenter) multi-host virtual lab. (SureReplica is only available with VMware)

Veeam supports these de-duplicating storage appliances: EMC Data Domain, ExaGrid, HPE StoreOnce.

The five benefits of Veeam are:

  • High-Speed Recovery
  • Data Loss Avoidance
  • Verified Recoverability
  • Leveraged Data
  • Complete Visibility

Veeam Support Response times

SeverityProduction SupportBasic Support
11 hour2 hours
23 hours8 business hours
36 hours12 business hours
48 hours24 business hours


List of Veeam file extensions

Below is a list of Veeam file extensions with an explanation for each. I use this list for studying for various Veeam tests.

  • VBK – full backup file
  • VIB – incremental backup file
  • VRB – reverse incremental backup file
    • (I think VBR is a miss-print you may see on the web)
  • VBM – replica metadata file
  • BCO – configuration backup file
  • DEM – private and public encryption key – Enterprise manager
  • VSB – virtual synthetic backup (pointers to backup data blocks)
  • VLB – database logs
  • DIT – active directory database file
  • MDF – Microsoft SharePoint content database file
  • EDB – Microsoft Exchange mailbox database
  • ERM – Scale out backup repository
  • RCT and MRT – used to complement CBT data with Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 RCT (Resilient Changed Tracking)
  • CTP – info on data blocks that have changed for Hyper-V replication from a Veeam proprietary driver.

I found this information in my VMCE-95 textbook, and in Veeam’s online documentation.

This extension list is part of my Veeam Study Guide.