This article explains how to monitor and manage the Datto Cloud Continuity for PCs Agent on a production machine.
- Datto Cloud Continuity for PCs Agent
This article assumes that you have already installed the Cloud Continuity Agent on your production machine. If you have not already done so, see the Datto's Cloud Continuity for PCs: Getting Started article before proceeding.
When the Cloud Continuity backup agent is running, you will see its icon in the Windows system tray area next to the clock, as shown in Figure 1.
You can check the Cloud Continuity Agent's status at a glance by observing the color of its tray icon. Each color has a different meaning:
Mousing over the Cloud Continuity icon in the notification area will provide additional detail about the status of the agent.
After you register the agent, right-clicking the Cloud Continuity icon will display the following options. If you have not registered the agent, you will only see a prompt to Open Cloud Continuity registration page.
NOTE: You will need to hold down the SHIFT key for item 8 to appear.
- Agent version: This field displays the software version of the currently-installed backup agent.
- Agent shortcode: This is the unique identifier associated with the protected machine of the agent. Clicking the short code copies it to your computer's clipboard. Have this code available when contacting Datto Technical Support about your Cloud Continuity installation.
NOTE: Holding down SHIFT while right-clicking the Cloud Continuity tray icon will show the protected system's UUID instead of its short code in this field.
- Take backup now: By default, the Cloud Continuity agent takes one backup every two hours. Selecting this option will force the agent to perform a backup immediately.
- Resume Backups: This option allows you to resume paused backups for the protected system.
- Suspend Backups: This option allows you to pause backups for a specified period. The available options are one hour, two hours, four hours, eight hours, twenty-four hours, or indefinitely. If the agent's backups are already paused, this menu will be substituted with a Resume backups option.
- Throttle: When the Cloud Continuity Agent's host machine is not idle, it will perform off-site replication at a rate of 1 MBps. By default, when the host machine is idle or when it is in use, it will use the maximum bandwidth available to it. Selecting this option allows you to throttle the bandwidth that the Cloud Continuity Agent uses for off-site replication during idle periods. Available throttling options are 5 Mbps, 10 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, or unlimited.
- Metered Network Policy: This option allows you to control backup activity for protected systems which are subject to metered connection policies. Selecting No action will enable the Cloud Continuity agent to perform backups even when the connection is metered. Choosing Pause backups while metered will prevent the agent from performing backups when metering is underway.
- Check for update: This option forces the Cloud Continuity agent to check for available updates to its software. Updates to the agent do not require a reboot unless the Cloud Continuity driver has received an update. Datto recommends only forcing an update during a scheduled maintenance window.
The update feature is hidden unless you hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard while right-clicking the Cloud Continuity agent icon.
When the Cloud Continuity agent is running on your protected machine, the processes shown in Figure 5 will appear in the Windows Task Manager.
These processes must run as an administrator to function correctly. You should also create exceptions for them in the local antivirus service.
When the Cloud Continuity agent is running on your production machine, the processes shown in Figure 6 will appear in the Windows Services console.
These services must run as an administrator to function correctly. You should also create exceptions for them in the local antivirus service.