This article explains the process of converting a computer to a SIRIS with the SIRIS 3 Imager Tool (previously known as Genisis).
2. Booting the Imager
To boot the Imager, the computer must be able to boot off of a USB device. If you have trouble getting the computer to boot off of USB, go into the BIOS and change the boot priority to USB. We do not support the conversion of a computer that cannot boot off of the USB stick.
When the system successfully boots off of the Imager stick, you will see a Datto splash screen and the Linux boot process. As part of the Linux boot process, it will try to connect to the internet.
3. System Checks
After the Imager boots, it checks that the computer does not already exist in our database. If the system fails this check, you will see a screen similar to Figure 1.
Figure 1 - System Check Failed
You can retry the hardware test. If it still fails, you'll need to contact Datto Technical Support to proceed.
4. Ready to Image
When the system checks successfully complete, the Ready to Image screen comes up.
Figure 2 - Ready to Image
Here, you can configure the NICs and DNS. The system must have two NICs connected to the internet. Click the Save Changes buttons, and the Hardware Information box on the right will update the status of the connections. When the system is properly connected, the Internet section of the Hardware Information table will say "Connectivity Verified."
If the Internet connection does not work, you will see the message as shown in Figure 3. Adjust your settings and try again by clicking the Test Internet button.
Figure 3 - Test Internet
Once you have the connectivity working, you can click the Configure Imaging button to continue to the next step of the process. You will need to agree to the License Agreement.
5. Configure Storage
Once you've agreed to the license agreement, you will see the Configure Storage screen as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4 - Configure Storage
- The Installed Storage section of the screen shows your drive setup in its current form.
- The Change OS Drive section allows you to pick which drive(s) you would like the SIRIS OS to reside on. It can be on one drive or arrayed across multiple drives. Click Set as new OS Drive configuration button to confirm your choice.
- The Choose a RAID Level section allows you to configure your RAID settings. Each option has descriptions.
Click the Confirm Settings button to continue to the next step.
When you have finished the setup steps, you will hopefully get a screen that says "This Hardware Supports SIRIS" as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5 - This Hardware Supports SIRIS
You'll see a box telling you what your system will be able to do once it is converted as shown in Figure 5.
Enter your conversion code in the "Next Steps" section, and click Verify. Then, you can click the Begin Imaging button to start the image process. You will see the Deletion Warning screen, as shown in Figure 6. When you are ready to proceed, enter the phrase it requests, and click Image My Device.
Figure 6 - Deletion Warning
7. Imaging Your Device
During the image, you'll see the status of the process as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7 - Imaging Progress
The first step is Updating Base Image. At this step, the system connects to Datto (updates.dattobackup.com and device.dattobackup.com) to get the latest base image. Depending on network conditions, this could take a while.
When the process is complete, you will see a message that the process is complete. Remove the USB stick from the computer, and click the Restart the Device button. From there, the system will act as a regular SIRIS device.