This article explains how to perform cloud virtualizations for endpoints protected by the Datto Cloud Continuity for PCs agent.
For information about performing cloud file restores, see Datto Cloud Continuity for PCs: File Restore.
- Datto Partner Portal
- Datto Cloud Continuity for PCs
With Cloud Continuity, you can mount any restore point as a cloud-hosted virtualization and connect to it via a browser-based VNC session. The virtual machine will operate as a standalone endpoint with internet access.
- Virtual machines hosted in the Datto Cloud have outbound internet access only.
- It is not possible to restore changes made to the cloud-hosted environment back to the production machine.
- VNC sessions are single-instanced. If multiple users access virtualization via VNC simultaneously, they will share the instance.
2. Select the client you'd like to restore, and then click the launch icon, as shown in Figure 1.
3. You will see a launchpad page similar to the example shown in Figure 2.
From this page, you can start either file restore, virtualization, or a restore to PC (visit Imaging A USB Drive with Datto Utilities for further directions) for the selected recovery point. You can only have one type of restore mounted at a time.
4. Click Start Virtualization to continue.
5. You will see the Virtualization card shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Virtualization card (click to enlarge)
6. In the Choose System(s) field, check the box next to the name of the system you would like to restore.
7. In the Choose Recovery Point field, select the snapshot you'd like to restore. The most recent backup is selected by default. Clicking the date displayed will show additional recovery points. Dates shown in blue contain restorable snapshots.
Figure 4: Choose Date & Time
8. Configure the virtualization's basic options. The available configuration choices are:
- CPU: Select the number of CPU cores that the virtualization will use. You can select up to eight cores. For best performance, Datto recommends using as close to the same number of cores as the production machine would use.
- RAM: Allocate RAM to the virtual machine. You can select up to 16 GB.
- Network: Configure the virtualization's networking.
- Selecting Simple Networking will boot the VM with full outbound access to the internet.
- Selecting Disconnected will boot the VM with no networking ability of any kind.
- Test Virtualization: Check this option to flag the VM as a test virtualization, letting other users know it is safe to remove.
9. To configure the storage controller and NIC options, click Advanced Settings:
- Controller: Enables you to select the virtualization storage controller which the restore will use. Available controllers are VirtIO (recommended), IDE, SATA, or SCSI. If you do not use VirtIO, the storage controller value should match the configuration in use on the production machine.
- NIC: Allows you to define the NIC which the virtualization should use. Selectable NICs are E1000 (1 GB NIC) or rtl8139 (10/100 NIC).
10. Once you have finished configuring the virtual machine, click Create VM. The virtualization will mount. You'll be redirected to the Restore page, where you will see an entry for the VM you just created on the Virtualizations card. Click the Power on button to boot the restore.
11. The following virtual machine management options are available from the Virtualization card :
A. VNC: Opens an interactive VNC session to the virtualization's desktop. This option will be unavailable if the virtual machine is not powered on. After launching the VNC session, if your virtual machine requires a login, click the VM Controls dropdown and select Send Ctrl-Alt-Del to invoke the Windows login prompt.
B. Power options: Provides a toggle to power the virtual machine on or off.
C. Edit VM: Allows you to edit the VM's settings. You must power the virtual machine off before you can make changes.
D. Delete virtual machine: Unmounts and destroys the virtualization.
12. When you are finished using your virtualization, click the Delete virtual machine option.