VMCE-A tips: How to prepare for the exam2017-05-26T12:16:33+00:00

Intro:

As you can read everywhere, the Veeam VMCE-Advanced training is aimed towards Architects, Consultants, Pre-Sales Consultants and System Engineers. Having at least decent knowledge about VMware, Hyper-V, Windows and of course Veeam is a must to be able to pass the exam.
Main study resources; VMCE-Advanced text book, the presentation handouts and the latest Veeam Best Practice Guide

In case you forgot; if you ever followed an official Veeam training course you’ve gotten a special Key to download VMCE and VMCE-Advanced study books from www.veeam-choice.com.

With that, I would like to give you the first tips on “How to prepare for your exam”
Tip 1:

Read over your VMCE textbook, presentation handouts and lab guide.
It’s almost too simple to mention, but if you had to think twice about i.e. retention calculations for a Forward Incremental backup. Do yourself a favor and do it. Having all basic Veeam knowledge in your head really helps reducing the time you need during the VMCE-A exam. This way your are more relaxed during the exam and allow yourself to take more time to think over the harder questions.

Tip 2:

If you do not have every day experience with Veeam ONE and Backup Enterprise Manager, I strongly advise you to set up a test server with both programs installed with try to remake the Veeam ONE and BEM labs from the VMCE lab guide (apply the settings to your own environment of course). Take a good look around and then grab your VMCE-Advanced textbook and see if you can find all reports, know what the reports are for and learn what they report about.
It will take a while to do, I know. But it is very worth the time invested. Both for your Exam and for future intakes with potential customers. Being knowledgeable shows off and can win you a deal (and more).


Quick question;

Do you know which report this description below belongs to, or more important, what it reports?


Tip 3:

I’ve said this one already in the intro, but since my experience is that most people do not study presentation hand outs, I will say it again: Study the presentation handouts!! Some slides contain very very useful information. This is the last time I mention it…..

Tip 4:

Troubleshooting can be hard, especially when you need to answer exam questions about it. It is important to know where an error will be logged once it happens. To make this a bit easy, try and recall the flow of a backup job. We’ve all done this in the past; Start a backup job, or a backup copy job with a WAN accelerator (just giving examples at random, no hints) and see how Veeam goes through all the various stages in a job.

Quick Question:
Can you tell what kind of snapshot(s) is/are used in the example below? Happen to know where it’s logged?

Tip 5:

In the Troubleshooting module, there are a couple slides with Common Problems.
Find the corresponding KB’s and take a look at them

Tip 6:

Come back for more tips soon!