VMCE v12 training
A brand new VMCE v12 training course was launched in September. The 3-day training now includes many of the great things that have been implemented in this version.
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VMCE v12 exam
The associated VMCE v12 exam has been available since 1 October. As a Veeam certified trainer myself, I have to be compliant within the next 60 days. That's why I planned a tough schedule and scheduled the exam just one day after this year’s Veeam100 summit in Prague 😀.
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This time I took an online protored exam with PearsonVUE. I used to like on-site exams better, but since Covid I have gotten used to online exams and actually like them more now because of the time savings.
The process is fairly straightforward. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with all the information you need. I strongly recommend that you do the test of your environment that is offered in the email. This will ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of the exam.
Tips for a smooth process
On the day of the exam, you should arrive 30 minutes early to allow time for ID/passport documents to be uploaded and for the proctor to take a quick look at your desk via the webcam. Make sure you have an empty (part of) your desk for the exam. You should only place your laptop, ID/passport documents and, in the beginning, your smartphone. Once the exam starts, the phone must be out of reach.
No headsets are allowed and a webcam is mandatory. They want to make sure that no one can read out questions or have additional conversations over the headset. So make sure the microphone and speakers are set up and ready.
Unlike previous exams, the exam now consists of 60 questions. It used to be 50 questions. However, only 50 of the questions will count towards your score. The remaining 10 questions are used by Veeam to test new questions and optimise the structure of the exam.
You have 75 minutes to complete the exam. An extra 15 minutes is added for non-native speakers. So, as a German speaker, I had 90 minutes. It took me about 45 minutes to finish all the questions. So even for native speakers, the 75 minutes should be more than enough.
Of course I will not repeat any questions here. Everyone will get their own set from more than 250 questions available anyway.
Compared to the v11 exam, I can say that the exam has not got any harder. I would estimate that about 5-10% of the questions are related to new v12 features or changes v12 brought us. So make sure you read and understand all the "what's new" documentation available.
What I particularly like is the fact that, compared to older exams (v10 and before), the questions are more in line with actual knowledge for real-world implementations.
If you have a good understanding of all the functionality of the product, you are ready for the exam. No random questions on a few super specific things - at least not in my case.
Pro tip: Take a look at the different job types and SOBR offload methods and how many restore points you will end up with at certain times.
VeeamONE has been removed from the VMCE v12 training. So there was a lot less footprint in the exam. However, Enterprise Manager is part of the core product and training. Be sure to include it in your preparation.
Find the full v12 exam guide here: veeam_certified_engineer_v12_exam_guide_ds.pdf
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