Failed screenshot with blank image or image of Windows loading



This article describes the cause and possible solution for screenshot failures with a completely or partially blank screen.

Figure 1Example of partial black screen boot


  • The operating system is not waiting long enough to load before attempting to capture a screenshot.
  • The operating system is waiting too long to load before attempting to capture a screenshot, and the virtualization's GUI is going into a power-saving state.


1. Mount a local virtualization of the affected server from the Datto appliance's GUI. Set the virtualization's resource allocation to 1 CPU core and 2 GB of RAM. Start the virtualization, and observe the amount of time the VM takes to boot to the Windows login screen.

2. Stop and unmount the virtualization. Navigate to the Protect → Configure Agent Settings tab of the Datto GUI. Adjust the amount of time the virtual machine needs to wait before taking a screenshot using the Screenshot Verification drop-down shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Screenshot Verification Schedule Options

3. Force a new screenshot verification, and observe the results.

16.04 Devices

If adjusting the verification time does not resolve the issue, you can change the Virtualization Video Controller to the 'Cirrus' setting on Datto appliances running Ubuntu 16.04. This setting is found on the Remote Web, at Protect → Configure Agent Settings → Advanced, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Virtualization Video Controller selector

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