My VMCE v9 experience

As I am currently working on an Veeam implementation in a large Hyper-V environment, I decided to update my knowledge by following the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) Certification v9 training (Link) and subsequently take the exam to become certified. I also hoped to especially learn more about Veeam on Hyper-V, because my experience with that is very little in comparison with Veeam on VMware.

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This short article gives a short overview of my VMCE experience, some tips on great information to pass the exam and some ramblings about what I think could be improved.

Study Material

The VMCE training is a required prerequisite for becoming a VMCE, so it doesn’t suffice to take only the exam. I think the training is a good way to get started with the Veeam products, but if you’re already used to working with Veeam I think it’s a bit basic.

The training provides you with 3 booklets:

  • Textbook
  • Practice Labs
  • Hand-out of the presentation

I would really suggest everybody who is planning to take the exam to especially read the textbook from back to back, because it contains almost all the information to score sufficient points to pass the exam. Also reading the user guides on the Veeam website (which I think are really fantastic!) is very beneficial.

Besides that I found the practice exams which Rasmus Haslund provides on his website (Link) provide a good overview of the kind of questions that the exam contains and have a good resemblance on the way questions are stated on the exam itself (some questions I would like to discuss if I had the possibility, because I think they could have been stated more correctly/precisely.

Also the study materials Rasmus states in his VMCE 9 guide (Link) are very useful for scoring some easy points (like taking a good look at the closely reading the what’s new in v9 PDF :).

Scoring

To pass the exam you have to score 70% in 50 questions.

VMCE Scorecard PASS!

I’m proud to have passed the exam with a 86% score, but I’m left wondering which questions I screwed up in my worst section (Initial Configuration) for which I scored only 46%.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Rasmus again for his great information on the VMCE certification, because it made this exam feel like a walk in the park.

Conclusion

To be honest I can’t wait for the VMCE advanced training to become generally available. The Beta of the advanced training is currently being tested on the Veeam Vanguard guru’s, so I hope with their feedback it will become amazing. I’d like to learn more about the inner (technical) workings and details on the moving parts of the Veeam products and for example about the Veeam Management Pack for System Center, which isn’t treated in the training at all.

Also I think there should be more attention to running Veeam for Hyper-V environments (Veeam currently doesn’t have a best practices document for Hyper-V, which it does for VMware).

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Robert Verdam

Consultant at bConn ICT
My main focus is infrastructure (Storage, Networking and Computing), but I'm also very interested in designing and implementing VDI and Server Based Computing-environments.
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