Basic options on the Datto SIRIS Agents Tab are Impressive

by | Dec 6, 2012 | Business Continuity

The Datto SIRIS Agents Tab – Get to know the Basic Options 

Today, we will review everything you have ever wanted to know about the Datto SIRIS Agents Tab: Basic Options. . .and more!

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Example: Datto SIRIS Menu Bar, Agents Tab selected
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Example: Datto SIRIS Lite™ Menu Bar, Agents Tab selected

 

Datto SIRIS Agents Tab: Basic Options select
Example: Datto SIRIS Basic Options 

 

Datto SIRIS Agents Tab: Basic Options backup interval
Example: Basic Options Page

 Backup Interval

This option sets how often a backup is performed during the hours backups are scheduled to run.

Note: Available intervals are 5, 10, 15, 30, & 60 minutes with 60 minutes as default. 

If this value is changed to 30 minutes & backups are scheduled from 9AM-5PM for “Backup Schedule” then 16 backups will be performed.

Offsite Backup Interval 

(For Datto SIRIS™ & SIRIS Lite™ device’s using the Datto Speed Sync Method)

Note: The default configuration is set for all recovery points to sync with the Datto Cloud; this option can be used to set how often recovery points will sync. 

Recovery Points can be assigned weighted levels from 1 to 5 so that individual protected machine’s synchronization with the Datto Cloud can be prioritized with each other.

Priority Level #Priority
1Highest
2High
3Average
4Low
5Lowest

 

Datto SIRIS Agents Tab: Basic Options offiste backup interval
Example: Configuring Datto Speed Sync Offsite Backup Interval Settings

 

Backup Schedule

Sets which hours and days to run backups, also allows scheduling of intervals greater than one hour.  Default setting is Monday-Friday 8AM to 6PM.

Tip: To add or remove a row of days or column of hours, click the column or row headers to instantly select or select that set.

Datto SIRIS Agents Tab: Basic Options backup schedule
Example: Selecting the Row Heading “8” will check 8PM for every day.

Backup Retention

Manages retention policy for each protected machine.

Note: Changes made to the Backup Retention will be applied during the completion of the next successful backup for this ShadowSnap™ Agent. 

Retention is done on a rolling timestamp basis ex. with 5 days of intra-dailies being stored, the snapshot that is over 120hrs old (over 5 days) will then be deleted after the next subsequent snapshot.

Datto SIRIS Agents Tab: Basic Options backup retention
Example: Datto Recommended Backup Retention

 

Backup Engine Options

Application Aware VSS w/ STC fallback

  • The Datto will attempt to first do a Microsoft Shadow Copy Provider VSS backup (Application Aware VSS).  
  • If this fails then it will attempt a crash consistent state backup using the Storage Craft VSS Provider (STC).

STC Backup Engine

  • The Datto will attempt to only do a STC backup.

Application Aware VSS

  • The Datto will attempt to only do a VSS backup.

Application Aware VSS & STC Backup Engine

  • Application Aware VSS refers to the use of the Microsoft Shadow Copy Provider.  This VSS Provider interacts with supported applications to provide backups as the the applications are running.
  • Unlike the Microsoft Shadow Copy Provider, the backup provided by the STC Backup Engine is not application-aware as it simply provides a backup equal to that of a crash-consistent state.
  • A crash-consistent state backup can be compared to the state that the system will be in directly after a hard reboot, such that data in processing may not be saved properly.
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Secure File Restore & Export

  • Ensures that while Recovery Point File Restores & VMDK/VHD exports are mounted on the Datto SIRIS™ or SIRIS Lite™ that they are not accessible to anyone else on the local network.
  • The dropdown box lists available users that can be set to have access credentials for the share when data is being mounted on the Datto SIRIS™ or SIRIS Lite™.  Users are added through the Admin tab of the SIRIS or SIRIS Lite™ Web Console.

Note: By default this option is set to disabled which means that the Recovery Points will be shared on the network but will not be browsable if someone browses the Datto, ie: \\DattoHostname\

Datto SIRIS Agents Tab: Basic Options secure file restore and export
Example: Secure File Restore & Export

We hope this was helpful in understanding the basic options of the Datto SIRIS Agents Tab. Should you need any further assistance, please contact us directly.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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