Virtual Datto Appliance on Microsoft Hyper-V Setup



This article explains how to set up a Datto Virtual Appliance on Hyper-V.


Before you install the Virtual Appliance on Hyper-V, review the system requirements for Virtual Alto or Virtual SIRIS, depending on your product.


First, download the appliance.

Open Hyper-V Manager.

Set up a Virtual Switch

In the list of hypervisors, click the one on which you want to install your Virtual Datto appliance. Then, click on Virtual Switch Manager, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1 - Hypervisor Actions

At least one virtual switch must be configured for use with the Virtual Appliance. You can use an existing one, or add a new one (consult your Hyper-V documentation for virtual switch configuration).

This switch must have internet access, so create an External type of Virtual Switch. Figure 3 shows a sample configuration.

Figure 3 - Virtual Switch Properties

Click OK, and you will return to the main screen.

Create the New Virtual Machine

In the Actions menu, click on New. Then, click Virtual Machine... as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4 - New Virtual Machine

Read the overview and then click Next

Give the virtual appliance a name, and specify a location to store it. Then, click Next.

This location only stores the 30 GB appliance. You will create the virtual disk for the storage array in the steps below.

For the remaining steps, configure the Virtual Machine as follows:

  • Specify Generation: Generation 1
  • Assign Memory: at least 8192 MB
  • Configure Networking: Choose the Virtual Switch you want to use.
  • Connect Virtual Hard Disk: Navigate to the Datto Virtual Appliance .vhdx file that you downloaded.

Review the settings. They should be similar to Figure 5.

Figure 5 - Virtual Machine Settings

Last, click Finish.

Virtual Datto Appliance Settings

Right click on the Virtual Datto appliance and click Settings, as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6 - Virtual Datto Appliance Settings

Click on Processor, and increase the number of virtual processors to 4.

Figure 7 - Processor Settings

Click on the storage controller, select Hard Drive, then click Add, as shown in Figure 8. These next steps will create the virtual hard drive for the Datto appliance storage array.

Figure 8 - IDE Controller

In the next window, select the Virtual hard disk option button, then click the New button. This starts the New Virtual Hard Disk Wizard. Configure the virtual hard disk as follows:

  • Choose Disk Format: VHDX
  • Choose Disk Type: For best performance, choose Fixed size. This pre-allocates the size of the storage array. Dynamic sizing tends to be slower.
  • Specify Name and Location: Set these according to your own preferences.
  • Configure Disk: Choose Create a new blank virtual hard disk, and set the size to a minimum of 1024 GB (1 TB).

You will see a Summary. It should look similar to Figure 9.

Figure 9 - Storage array settings summary

Review the settings and click Finish. You will see a progress window as shown in Figure 10.

Figure 10 - Creating the new virtual hard disk

The Virtual Hard Disk creation may take a significant amount of time.

If you wish, you can repeat these steps to add additional disks.

Once the new virtual disk has been created, Click OK to confirm the new virtual appliance settings.

Right click on the virtual appliance, and click Start.

Figure 11 - Start the Virtual Datto appliance

Double click on the name of the virtual appliance to open a console window. You will see the Virtual Appliance Authorization Process. For more information, see the article Authorize a Virtual Datto Appliance.

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