SIRIS, ALTO, and NAS: SIRIS Virtual on Microsoft Hyper-V Setup



This article describes how to configure and deploy a SIRIS Virtual instance by using Hyper-V Manager.


  • Datto SIRIS Virtual
  • Microsoft Hyper-V



Before proceeding with the steps described in this article, review the prerequisites for running SIRIS Virtual. After reviewing the appropriate requirements, download the SIRIS Virtual VHDX image from

Configure a Virtual Switch

1. In the list of hypervisors under Hyper-V Manager, right-click the server that is hosting the SIRIS Virtual instance, and click Virtual Switch Manager.

fig1.jpgFigure 1: Virtual Switch Manager (click to enlarge)

2. Configure at least one virtual switch that the SIRIS Virtual instance will use. You can either use an existing virtual switch or add a new one.

When configuring a virtual switch, ensure that its Connection type uses an External network, as shown in Figure 2. Consult Hyper-V documentation for more information about setting up a virtual switch.

fig2.jpgFigure 2: Adding a virtual switch (click to enlarge)

3. When you are finished configuring your virtual switch, click OK.

Create the New Virtual Machine

1. In the Actions menu of Hyper V-Manager, click New → Virtual Machine. This link will initiate the New Virtual Machine Wizard.

fig3.jpgFigure 3: Selecting Virtual Machine (click to enlarge)

2. Read the overview in the Before You Begin section, then click Next.

fig4.jpgFigure 4: Before you Begin (click to enlarge)

3. For the Specify Name and Location section, enter the name of your virtual machine in the Name field. Click Next to proceed.

fig5.jpgFigure 5: Specify Name and Location (click to enlarge)

4. For the Specify Generation section, select Generation 2. Click Next to proceed.

fig6.jpgFigure 6: Specify Generation 2 (click to enlarge)

5. For the Assign Memory section, enter at least 8192 MB in the Startup memory field and uncheck the box next to Use Dynamic Memory for the virtual machine. Click Next to proceed.

assignmemory.jpgFigure 7: Assign Memory (click to enlarge)

6. For the Configure Networking section, select the virtual switch you configured as part of the Configure a Virtual Switch section. Click Next to proceed.

fig8.jpgFigure 8: Configure Networking (click to enlarge)

7. On the Connect Virtual Hard Disk screen, click Use an existing virtual hard diskBrowse to locate and select your SIRIS Virtual VHDX. Then, click Next to proceed.

fig9.jpgFigure 9: Connect Virtual Hard Disk (click to enlarge)

8. Review your configured settings in the Summary and click Finish to create your virtual machine.

fig10.jpgFigure 10: Summary (click to enlarge)

Configuring the Virtual Machine

1. Right-click your new virtual machine in the Virtual Machines table of Hyper-V Manager, and select Settings.

fig11.jpgFigure 11: Selecting Settings (click to enlarge)

2. Select the Security category. Uncheck the box next to Enable Secure Boot to disable it.

fig12.jpgFigure 12: Uncheck Enable Secure Boot (click to enlarge)

3. Next, select Processor and increase the Number of virtual processors to 4.

fig13.jpgFigure 13: Number of virtual processors (click to enlarge)

4. Select your primary storage controller, select Hard Drive, and then click the Add button.

fig14.jpgFigure 14: SCSI Controller → Hard Drive (click to enlarge)

5. Click the Virtual hard disk option, then click the New button to initiate the New Virtual Disk Wizard.

fig15.jpgFigure 15: Virtual hard disk → New (click to enlarge)

6. Read the overview in the Before You Begin section, then click Next.

fig16.jpgFigure 16: Before You Begin (click to enlarge)

7. For the Choose Disk Type section, select Fixed Size. Click Next to proceed.

fig17.jpgFigure 17: Choose Disk Type (click to enlarge)

8. On the Specify Name and Location screen, enter the file name of your VHDX and its storage path. You may use any file name and file path. Click Next to proceed.

fig18.jpgFigure 18: Specify Name and Location (click to enlarge)

9. For the Configure Disk section, select Create a new blank virtual hard disk and enter at least 1024 GB for its Size. Click Next to proceed.

fig19.jpgFigure 19: Configure Disk (click to enlarge)

10. Review your configured settings in the Summary, then click Finish to create your virtual hard disk.

fig20.jpgFigure 20: Summary (click to enlarge)

Starting the Virtual Machine

1. Right-click your newly created virtual machine in the Virtual Machines list of Hyper-V Manager and select Start.

fig21.jpgFigure 21: Right-clicking the Virtual Machine and selecting Start (click to enlarge)

2. Double-click on the name of the virtual machine to open a console window displaying the Virtual Product Authorization process. For more information, read our Authorize a SIRIS Virtual Instance article.

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