This article goes over the procedure to create a NAS share on a Datto device. It also describes how to access it through a running VM even if that VM does not have network connectivity of its own.
The procedure is divided into three sections:
- Creating the Share and the VM
- Starting and Configuring VirtualBox
- Using the Share
Creating the Share and the Virtual Machine
- Open up the web interface of the Datto appliance. Click on File Share followed by Network Attached Storage.
- Select Add A New Share, which will bring up the Create A Share Wizard (Figure 1). Enter a name for the share, as well as the Configurations and the Type of share to be created. Then, click Next.
Figure 1 - Create a New Share Wizard
- Once the share is created, click Finish.
- Look for the share listed in the Your Shares list. Select Configure Share Settings.
- Under Make Share Public / Private, make the share Public (Figure 2).Figure 2 - Make Share Public / Private
- Click the Restore tab, and choose the Agent to be used (Figure 3)Figure 3 - Restore tab
- For that Agent, choose the recovery type of Local Virtualization.
- Choose the Recovery Point neccesary, and then click Start Virtualization as seen in Figure 4.
Figure 4 - Local Virtualization Settings
- Click the button Start VM.
- Click the button Stop VM, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5 - VM Status
- VNC to the device.
- Minimize FireFox, if necessary.
Starting and Configuring VirtualBox
- On the Desktop, find Sun VirtualBox, as shown in Figure 6. Double-click to open it.
Figure 6 - Sun VirtualBox icon
- Highlight virtual machine and click Settings, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7 - Virtual Machine Settings
- Click Storage, as shown in Figure 8.
Figure 8 - Virtual Box Settings Menu
- If there is no IDE controller listed in the Storage Tree list, perform the following steps:
- Click the highlighted icon:
- Click Add IDE Controller.
- Click the icon to Add CD/DVD Device, and then click Leave Empty, as shown in Figure 9.
Figure 9 - Add CD/DVD Device
- Verify that the Storage Tree appears as shown in Figure 10.
Figure 10 - Storage Tree with Empty IDE Device Listed
- Click Shared Folders. Then, click the add folder icon in top right corner. For the Folder Path, navigate to /datto/mounts/vboxshare. Check in the box for Auto-mount. The window should appear as in Figure 11. Click OK.
Figure 11 - Add Share
- Verify that the window appears as shown in Figure 12.
Figure 12 - Shared Folders Settings
- Start the VM
Figure 13 - Start VM Icon
- Click Devices > Install Guest Additions, as shown in Figure 14.
Figure 14 - Install Guest Additions
- Log into the machine.
- Once you are in Windows, go to Start > Computer. Click on the VirtualBox Guest Additions (CD/DVD drive) icon.
- Click Next, as shown in Figure 15.
Figure 15 - VirtualBox Guest Additions Installer
- Click Next for the Install Location.
Figure 16 - Virtual Box Guest Additions Install Location
- Click the Install button, as shown in Figure 17.
Figure 17 - Install
- If a Windows Security warning pops up, click Install again.
Figure 18 - Windows Security Warning
- Click Finish to complete the installation.
Figure 19 - Finish the VirtualBox Guest Additions Installation
Using the Share
- Let the server reboot, and then log back in. Go into Computer, and you will see the VirtualBox share, as shown in Figure 20.
Figure 20 - VirtualBox Share
- Drag and drop necessary files into that share.
- Files can be accessed from another machine via UNC:
//<IP of Datto>
/<sharename>. See Figure 21.
Figure 21 - Accessing the Share
- You will see a window as shown in Figure 22. You can transfer your files from there.
Figure 22 - Share