Partner Portal: New Recovery Launchpad: Performing a Cloud virtualization



This article explains how to restore downed production machines as virtual machines by using the new Recovery Launchpad


  • Datto SIRIS
  • Datto ALTO
  • Datto Partner Portal
  • New Recovery Launchpad


The new Recovery Launchpad lets you create virtual machines from your backups that reside on Datto's cloud servers for business continuity in disaster scenarios.


Accessing the new Recovery Launchpad

There are two ways to access the new Recovery Launchpad. You can use either method outlined below.

Method one

1. In the Datto Partner Portal, click the Status tab, then select BCDR Status from the drop-down menu.

fig1.PNGFigure 1: The Datto Partner Portal (click to enlarge)

2. In the section for the device you are virtualizing, click the ellipsis icon on the far right-hand side of the screen, then click Recovery Launchpad from the drop-down menu.

fig2.pngFigure 2: The Recovery Launchpad via the ellipsis icon (click to enlarge)

Method two

1. The other way you can reach the new Recovery Launchpad is also from the BCDR Status page, but instead of clicking the ellipsis icon, click the name of the Datto device.

fig3.pngFigure 3: Launch Recovery Launchpad via the device name (click to enlarge)

2. On the top right of the Device Details page, click RECOVERY LAUNCHPAD

fig4.pngFigure 4: Recovery Launchpad button (click to enlarge)

Performing a cloud virtualization

1. Click START VIRTUALIZATION under the Virtualization restore option.

fig5.pngFigure 5: Choose a restore process (click to enlarge)

2. On the Virtualization card, check the box next to the name of the machine you wish to restore.

fig6.pngFigure 6: Virtualization configuration pre-setting (click to enlarge)

You will only see systems listed that are capable of cloud virtualization. If a system is not listed, you will need to choose a different restore method.

3. Click the date under the Choose Recovery Point column to select a recovery point. The latest recovery point will display by default.

fig7.pngFigure 7: Choosing a recovery point (click to enlarge)

fig8.pngFigure 8: Choose a recovery point (click to enlarge)

4. After you select the agent and recovery point, the Virtualization card will expand to include CPU, RAM, and Network options. Enter the following information:

  • CPU: Enter the number of CPU cores to allocate to the restore.
  • RAM: Enter the amount of system RAM to assign to the restore.

5. Click the drop-down menu under the Network field, then select an existing network. If you need to set up a new network, choose Create New Network. See Creating networks for cloud virtualization. for details on how to create a new network.

6. Click Advanced Options to change the virtualization storage controller and NIC, if necessary.

fig9.pngFigure 9: The Advanced Settings options (click to enlarge)

7. When finished, click the Create VM button at the bottom of the screen.

fig10.pngFigure 10: Choose a restore process (click to enlarge)

8. Click the VNC icon to access the virtual machine.

The Recovery Launchpad will create and boot a virtual machine from the selected recovery point. When the boot process completes, you can log into the VM and work from it as you would on your production machine.

fig11.pngFigure 11: Active Virtualizations (click to enlarge)

A. Click the VNC icon to access the VM at the login screen.

B. Click the Power icon to either power on or power off your VM. It's important to remember that this feature is a forced power-off. 

C. Click the pencil icon to configure settings for the VM.

D. Click the wastebasket icon to delete the VM.

fig12.pngFigure 12: The active virtualizations display (click to enlarge)

NOTE: You can mirror the Ctrl+Alt+Del command to the virtualization by clicking VM Controls at the top right of the screen, and then clicking Send Ctrl+Alt+Del in the drop-down menu.

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