Virtual Datto appliance for Citrix XenServer Setup


1. Scope

This article explains how to set up a Virtual Datto appliance on Citrix XenServer. Before beginning, please take a look at the Virtual Products prerequisites.

2. Procedure

  1. Download the XVA image.

  2. Startup Citrix Xen Center (or use the web based version) and login.
    To download XenCenter, click HERE.

  3. Click File and then Import.

    The virtual instance of a Datto appliance consists of at least two virtual disks: a 30GB disk containing the appliance's operating system, and a storage disk(s) equal to the size of the appliance that was purchased. These virtual disks can live on the same datastore, or can be placed on separate datastores. You can create a new datastore, or use an existing one with sufficient space. For this guide, a single datastore will be created to hold both the 30 GB appliance disk and the storage disk.

  4. Browse to the path where the XVA was downloaded and click Next.

  5. Choose a host that the virtual Datto will be deployed on and click Next.

  6. Select the datastore to hold the 30GB appliance disk and click Import.

    This is just for the Virtual Datto operating system disk. The storage disk(s) will be created later.

  7. Make sure at least one NIC with internet access is added to the virtual appliance and click Next.

  8. Review the settings, deselect Start VM(s) after Import, and click Finish.

  9. Once the import has completed, click on the VM labeled DattoVirtualDevice, click the Storage tab for the VM and then click Add.

  10. Name, select an available location, and enter a capacity (using base 2) equal to the size of the appliance purchased. Then, click Add.

    It is also possible to add/create multiple smaller sized storage disks that add up to the total size of the appliance purchased.

  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 if you are wish to use multiple disks for storage.

    Any disks added to the Virtual appliance will be spanned and any redundancy should be taken care of on the local disk or SAN storage.

  12. Right click on DattoVirtualDevice and click Properties to edit the name of the VM and any other settings that may be needed. Click OK when finished.

  13. Click the Start VM button on the top toolbar and then click the Console tab.

  14. After waiting for the device to boot up, enter the license key provided in the email that was received upon purchase and then click Authorize Device.

    The first boot of a virtual device can take a while because of the initial setups that happen.

  15. Check the necessary checkbox(es) associated with the proper virtual drive(s) that were created in steps 9 through 11 and then click Create Storage Drive.

  16. Once the Storage Drive has completed its creation process, the registration process will begin.

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