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.

After going through the test and passing I wanted to share my experience for others out there to gauge what their experience will be. The test covered 11 sections:

  • Overview of Veeam Products
  • Deployment
  • Initial Configuration
  • Protect
  • Verification
  • Entire VM Recovery
  • Objects Recovery
  • Advanced Data Protection
  • Veeam ONE Features and Functionality
  • Product Editions
  • Troubleshooting

The test was 50 questions and you needed a 70% minimum to pass.  I got 70 minutes to take the exam.  Overall, I am not a good test taker.  I needed the 70 minutes to look over my answers again and think through some questions that I flagged.

Before the test I used various resources to study and prep. Aside from the book that Veeam provides for the course, this guide here got me started with practice tests.  I found the test from rhyshammond.com the most helpful because it gave the answers to questions and even had some references on answers you got wrong with links to documentation. Very well done!

I work with Veeam every day since my work uses / offers Veeam as a cloud services provider. Even with my daily exposure to Veeam I needed to study to learn about the offerings I don’t use on a daily basis. Example: Hyper-V vs. VMware configurations, different backup methods, vendor storage directly compatible with Veeam, vendor monitoring that integrates with Veeam and so on.

Finally, I would say don’t underestimate the exam. Study well and give yourself time to learn the parts of Veeam that you don’t work with all the time.  I hope the rest of my referenced material helps push you towards your certification!

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

 

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