Unboxing and test VM on the brand new Datto SIRIS 3 X1

July 13, 2016

5 min read

Dale Shulmistra

Business Continuity Specialist @ Invenio IT
datto siris 3 x1 unboxing

Unboxing and test VM on the brand new Datto SIRIS 3 X1

by Jul 13, 2016Business Continuity

How to set up the Datto SIRIS 3 X1

So I’m super excited to be unboxing and testing out the new Datto SIRIS 3 X1. Thanks Datto!!! Greatly appreciated!!! While Invenio IT has set up a ton of Datto devices, this little guy feels different. It is all flash, with a whopping 16GB of memory for such a little device. While the ALTO was a game changer, the S3 X1 can spin up backups as virtual machines locally, right on the device. Oh, it looks pretty cool too 🙂

After unpacking the device, I plugged it into our network. Then, plugged in the power adapter and booted the device. I was surprised at just how quickly the device booted up. For those of you who are not familiar with what’s required in setting up a new Datto SIRIS device, I’ll walk you through the steps.

Step #1. Register the Datto SIRIS 3 X1 Device

Since we have DHCP on our network, registering the device is simple. Pull up a browser on a machine on the local network and go to device.dattobackup.com. From here, the registration screen will pull up. Just enter the device name, username and password for the admin user account. You can also enter your organization info.

register datto siris 3 x1

Step #2. Installing the Datto ShadowSnap Agent

There are two options for backing up with the new Datto SIRIS 3: an agent or agentless, if you are using in your VMware environment. For these purposes I installed the agent on my windows 7 machine. Please note: if you’re installing the agent on a production server, installation of the agent will require a reboot.

datto shadownap installation

Step 3: Setting up the agent

Once my computer has been rebooted, I need to protect the system with the Datto. I enter in my IP (always use IP and not hostname) and press the protect button. That should be all setup and done in about 15 to 30 seconds.

setting up the agent

After I’m done, the computer is protected. You can see the 0 GB used.

datto siris 3 x1 homepage

One of the first things we’ll want to do is setup the backup schedule for this system. Since it’s just a regular PC used during business hours, I’ve kept the default backup schedule of 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday. I’ve also set the offsite sync interval to once per day. If your Recovery Point Object (RPO) for remote restores is shorter, then you will need to setup the Datto to sync in shorter intervals. Your internet bandwidth will need to support that interval.

datto backup interval

We also need to setup the local RPO objective. Based on the schedule above, we can find tune the RPO during the 8am – 6pm, to either 5 mins, 10 mins, 15 mins, 30 mins, or the default 60 mins. What this setting does is allow you to set the interval of how often you want to backup during your schedule. If we selected 30 mins interval and the 8am – 6pm schedule, we would take a backup at 8am, 8.30am, 9am, 9.30am, …  up until 6.00pm, 6:30pm.

datto interval

Now let’s setup the backup retention. The standard and recommended setting is 5 days, 1 week, never & delete local after 2 months. This is based on sizing out your SIRIS on a 2 to 1 (or 2.5 to 1 basis). If you have some large transactional servers (like SQL), you should use a 3 to 1 or greater ratio. Your offsite retention most likely will be set for you already – most times it’s more cost effective to select 1 year retention.

datto backup retention

Next, we want to select the screenshot verification schedule. For this instance I’ve selected last backup of the day. Screenshots use 1 CPU core, so best to do these near the end of the day.

datto screenshot verification

Now, it’s time for to take the first backup! How exciting!!!

backup with siris 3 x1

This is going to take a while. When it’s done, we are going to take a screenshot verification.

For those who don’t know what Datto’s screenshot verification is, let me explain. This is an EXTREMELY useful tool. On most backup solutions, when do you know your backups can’t be restore? When you are trying to restore! What the Datto does is spin up the backup as a virtual machine locally on the device and takes a ‘screenshot’ of the process, and lets you know if the backup has been successful or failed. If it’s failed, we then need to troubleshoot why, and take corrective measures now, so when we do need to restore, we can! Brilliant!!  And of course, the screenshots can be emailed directly to your inbox. You can see here we’ve taken some more backup and here is an example of the screenshot verification:

datto screenshot verification

Now the backups are done, we’ve tested the screenshot successfully, we’ll do a test restore. We will spin up that backup as a virtual machine. Imagine your server goes down, what are you going to do? With a Datto SIRIS 3 X1, you can now spin up your latest backup as a virtual machine, and continue business in as fast as it takes to boot the machine.

Watch the video and how easy quick it is to boot up a backup as a virtual machine!


If you are interested in learning more about the Datto SIRIS 3 X1, click here for a free demo of the technology.

Business Continuity Specialist @ Invenio IT