This article describes the method for imaging Datto Utilities onto a USB drive.
- Datto Utilities
- The Datto Utilities version of the Bare Metal Restore (BMR) environment is only available for Datto appliances running the Datto IRIS 3 (Ubuntu 16.04) OS.
- If you need to restore to 32-bit hardware, follow the ShadowProtect Bare Metal Restore process.
- Datto Utilities is incompatible with read-only media, such as CDs and DVDs.
You should have the following items available when starting this process:
- USB drive that is at least 8GB
- Datto recommends using the latest version of Rufus to image the drive.
- See the Additional Options section of this article for information about alternative imaging methods.
Obtaining the ISO
You can download the Datto Utilities image (.ISO) from the Datto Downloads page by selecting the download link for SIRIS Imaged Installer 16.04, BMR 16.04, or Cloud Continuity Restore. Once the image file has downloaded, proceed to the next section.
Imaging the USB Drive with Rufus
Once you have obtained the image file, proceed as follows.
1. Attach the USB drive to your machine, and open Rufus. Choose the following settings for imaging your USB Drive:
- Drive Properties
- Device: Choose the drive letter which corresponds to your flash drive
- Boot selection: Click Select, and select the Datto Utilities ISO you downloaded.
- Partition Scheme: Choose MBR
- Target system: BIOS or UEFI
- File System: Choose NTFS or FAT32 (Default)
- Cluster Size: 16 kilobytes
- Format Options: Select Check device for bad blocks (1 pass),Quick Format, Create a bootable disk, and Create extended label.
- Format Options
- Volume label: DattoUtilities
- File system: FAT32 (Default)
- Cluster size: 8192 bytes (Default)
- Advanced Format options:
- Quick format: Checked
- Create extended label and icon files: Checked
- Check device for bad blocks: Checked, 1 pass
Figure 1: Imaging configuration
3. Select Start.
4. If you receive the following prompt, click Yes to download required Linux drivers.
Figure 2: Download required
5. If you receive the following prompt, select Write in DD Image mode, and click OK.
Figure 3: Write in DD Image mode
Do not select ISO image mode. Using ISO mode creates the Datto Utilities environment as read-only, which can cause issues with its applications.
6. Imaging may take several minutes. Rufus will notify you when imaging has completed. When it finishes, you can safely remove the USB drive.
7. Once you have imaged the USB stick, proceed to Booting a Target Machine with Datto Utilities.
For Etcher instructions, see the next section of this article. For UNetbootin instructions, see the UNetbootin section of this article.
Using UNetbootin or Etcher will format your USB drive entirely. Make sure the USB drive contains no valuable data before imaging.
Imaging the USB Drive with Etcher
1. Attach the USB drive to your machine, and open Etcher. Click Select image, and select the Datto Utilities ISO.
Figure 4: Select image
2. Etcher will autodetect your flash drive. To select a different drive, click Change.
Figure 5: Change USB drive
3. When you are ready to image the flash drive, click Flash.
Figure 6: Flash
4. Etcher will notify you when imaging has completed. At this stage, you can safely remove the USB drive.
Figure 7: Flash complete
5. Once you have imaged the USB stick, proceed to Booting a Target Machine with Datto Utilities.
If you are imaging from a Mac or Linux machine, you can use the UNetbootin utility to attach the ISO. Follow the Installing Other Distributions Using UNetbootin section of the article at this link to format the drive.