Partner Portal: Recovery Launchpad 2.0: Performing a Virtualization

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This article explains how to restore downed production machines as virtual machines by using Recovery Launchpad 2.0.

Environment

  • Datto ALTO
  • Datto SIRIS
  • Datto Partner Portal
  • Recovery Launchpad 2.0

Answer

Accessing Recovery Launchpad 2.0

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

mceclip0.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.

mceclip0.pngFigure 2: The Recovery Launchpad option (click to enlarge)

Performing cloud virtualization

1. Click START VIRTUALIZATION as the restore process.

Figure 3: Choose a restore process (click to enlarge)

2. Check the box next to the name of the machine you wish to restore.

mceclip1.pngFigure 4: Virtualization configuration pre-setting (click to enlarge)

3. Click the date under the Choose Recovery Point column to select a recovery point.

The latest recovery point will be displayed by default.

mceclip0.pngFigure 5: Choosing a recovery point (click to enlarge)

Figure 6: Choose a recovery point (click to enlarge)

4. Set your CPURAM, and select the desired Network.

5. Test Virtualization: Check this option if you are creating the virtualization for test purposes only. This option flags the VM as a test virtualization, letting other users know it is safe to remove.

Datto Technical Support may request your permission to remove test VMs in the rare event that system resources are needed for live disaster recovery.

Creating a new network

If you have not already created your network, select Create New Network from the dropdown menu. You will see a prompt to populate the following fields (Figure 7):

  • Network Name: Give your network a name.
  • Network Address: Enter your network address (clicking tab on your keyboard will automatically generate your subnet mask).
  • Network Options: You can either toggle on Enable DHCPInternet Connection, or both.
    • If you check Enable DHCP, you can define its Pool Start and Pool End values.

mceclip0.pngFigure 7: The New Network Settings window (click to enlarge)

After you select the agent and recovery point, the menu will expand. In the new fields, enter the following information:

  • CPU: enter the number of CPU cores to allocate to the restore.
  • RAM: Enter the amount of system RAM to devote to the restore.
  • Network: Choose the appropriate network connection setting.

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

mceclip4.pngFigure 8: The Advanced Settings options (click to enlarge)

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

See this article to learn more about VM configuration options.

mceclip6.pngFigure 9: Choose a restore process (click to enlarge)

7. Click the VNC icon to access the virtual machine. Make sure the machine is booted.

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.

mceclip1.pngFigure 10: 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 trash can icon to delete the VM.

mceclip0.pngFigure 11: 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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