SIRIS, ALTO, and NAS: Datto Linux Agent: Virtualization fails to boot and displays "Starting Dracut Emergency Shell"



RHEL/CentOS/Fedora fails to boot virtualization and displays "Starting Dracut Emergency Shell".


  • Datto Linux Agent
  • RHEL
  • CentOS
  • Fedora


The dracut binary (external link) is not located on the root volume of the protected system, making it unavailable for HIR (Hardware Independent Restore) on the Datto device.

fig1.PNGFigure 1: Starting Dracut Emergency Shell (click to enlarge)


Reconfigure your system so that dracut is available for restores by ensuring it is located on the root volume.

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