Performing a Conversion with the SIRIS Imager Stick (aka Genisis)


1. Scope

This article explains the process of converting a computer to a SIRIS with the SIRIS 3 Imager Tool (previously known as Genisis).

If you have not done so already, make sure that the target system meets minimum system and compatibility requirements by following the preliminary steps in the Getting Started article, before proceeding further.

2. Booting the Imager

Disable any hardware RAID on the system to be imaged. If possible, enable HBA mode (sometimes called IT mode), or set each drive to RAID 0. Hardware RAID is not supported for monitoring drive health.

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."

Reminder: The conversion process will delete all data on the system.

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.

6. Finalize

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 ( and 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.

8. Other Links

SIRIS 3 Imager

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