This article describes the Global Device Settings page of the Datto appliance GUI. This page allows you to customize the system management options for your business continuity device.
- Datto SIRIS
- Datto ALTO
- Datto NAS
To access the Global Device Settings page, perform the following steps:
1. Access the Datto device GUI. From the Configure drop-down, select Device Settings.
2. You will see the Global Device Settings page shown in Figure 2.
The following configuration options are available. Select a topic to continue.
- Datto Drive
- Local Access Control
- Time Zone
- Local Users
- Device Alerts Email Address
- Datto Relay Forced Login
- Reboot Now
- Schedule a Reboot
- Shutdown Now
- Concurrent Backup Settings
- Schedule Offset
- Mounted Restore Alert
- Disable Screenshots
- Remote Logging
- Watchdog (IPMI-enabled devices only)
- Advanced Alerting
- Secondary Replication
- Maintenance Mode
- Update Window
- Update Channel
- Off-Site Sync
This option allows you to add your Datto Drive account functionality to this Datto device.
Local Access Control
This option allows you to set the Datto device's internal clock to the specified local time zone. The UI will use this time zone when generating timestamps. Any scheduled tasks for the appliance will also adhere to this time zone. Datto recommends matching the appliance's time zone with that of its physical location.
The Local Users control panel lets you assign role-based feature and functionality access to local user accounts on the Datto appliance. This control makes it possible to define which people in your organization have administrative access to your devices, and which functions they are allowed to perform. For more information about managing local users, see the Local Users article.
Device Alerts Email Address
This setting allows you to add additional email addresses to receive notifications about the overall status of your Datto appliance, such as when someone adds or removes an agent, or when the health of a hard drive triggers a SMART alert. You can view, manage, or delete Device Alerting email addresses on the Partner Portal from the Alert Settings page.
Datto Relay Forced login
Forced login requires all users to enter their login credentials when accessing the GUI from the Partner Portal via Device Web.
This option safely reboots the Datto device.
If there are active restores when rebooting, any data not written to disk at the time of shutdown could
Schedule a reboot
This option allows you to set a date and time for the device to perform a safe restart.
This option allows you to power off your Datto appliance safely. Any active local restores will also shut down with the device.
Concurrent backup settings
Here, you can set the maximum number of parallel backup processes that automatically run.
The schedule offset option allows you to delay scheduled backups by up to 55 minutes, to avoid on-hour scheduling conflicts.
Mounted Restore Alert
This option lets you set an alert in the device UI if file restores or virtualizations remain mounted for longer than a specific time.
This option stops screenshots from running for all agents on the device. Click again to re-enable screenshots.
Watchdog (IPMI-enabled devices only)
On IPMI-enabled devices, this feature monitors for device lockups, rebooting your Datto appliance if necessary. When enabled, Watchdog sets a countdown timer, which is periodically reset by responses from IPMI. If the Watchdog timer reaches 0, this is an indication that a significant problem has occurred with the device, and something has prevented IPMI from responding. The device reboots if this happens.
Advanced alerting sends an initial alert when a device has an error, then summarizes subsequent alerts for the day.
Activating this option will replicate the backup data from the device's primary Datto cloud data center to a secondary Datto location. This feature enables by default and will not automatically re-enable itself if you disable it. Learn more in our Secondary Replication article.
Enabling maintenance mode pauses all backups, screenshots, and other device activity. You should only use it to support critical maintenance or troubleshooting, such as device migrations or drive swaps. You can set the amount of time for which maintenance mode is active, up to 48 hours.
Choose the software update window for the device. If, in the update window, the device will attempt to update its software to the latest version. Datto recommends choosing a period of low activity, as the device will reboot during the update process. The duration of the update window must be at least 4 hours.
Should an update window be missed as a result of local device activity, you will see the message "A software upgrade is available for this device," with the option to initiate the upgrade, displayed at the top of your Datto appliance's Overview page. Click the banner's Upgrade Now link to start the missed update.
Select a preferred update schedule for your device. Updates are applied automatically and result in a reboot of the appliance. Updates will not occur if restores are mounted or if a backup is in progress. It may be necessary for Datto to release updates other than the usual schedule to address security or other critical issues. All releases go through extended testing before release. The difference between the Standard, Stable, and Quarterly channels is frequency.
The available software release channel options are:
- Standard: Latest release as it becomes available
- Features: This channel offers the most recent release, and includes the latest features.
- Stable: One or more releases behind the standard
- Features: This channel offers one or more software releases behind. The software in this channel has been in production longer, and may not have the latest features provided by the Standard channel.
- Quarterly: One or more releases behind stable
- Features: Datto will release software in this channel once per quarter. These updates are multiple releases behind the Standard and Stable channel, and will not have the newer features offered by either channel.
The Offsite Sync option allows you to delay data transfers to the Cloud. The device will not sync data during the time interval set.