Launching and Configuring a Rehydrator Instance

Use the following procedures to launch a Rehydrator instance, then configure it so that you can access and rehydrate your data.

Prerequisites

If you want to configure optional email alerts so you can receive updates about rehydration jobs, ask your system administrator for the following information:

  • The address of your SMTP server (like smtp.gmail.com).
  • The port to use for SMTP.
  • The security mechanism (SSL, TLS, or none) to use for SMTP traffic.

You also need to know the user name and password of the email account that you want to use as the sender of email alerts.

Launch the Rehydrator instance

Use the following procedure to launch a Rehydrator instance.

  1. Go to the Rehydrator page on Google Cloud Launcher to launch an instance of Transfer Appliance Rehydrator.
  2. Click Launch on Compute Engine. This takes you to the New Transfer Appliance deployment page.
  3. Choose the Cloud Platform project where you want to deploy the Rehydrator instance. We recommend that the Rehydrator instance, the staging bucket, and the destination bucket where the rehydrated data is placed be in the same project.
  4. For Deployment name, specify a name to identify the deployment.
  5. For Zone, select the desired compute zone.

    We recommend creating the Rehydrator instance the same zone or multi-zone region as the Google Cloud Storage staging and destination buckets to improve performance.

  6. Leave Machine type at the default value.

  7. Leave Disk type at the default value.
  8. Leave Disk size in GB at the default value.
  9. By default, the Rehydrator instance connects to the default network in your Cloud Platform project. If you have multiple networks or subnets in your environment, you can choose the network and subnetwork to which your Rehydrator instance connects using Network name and Subnetwork name.
  10. Leave Allow HTTP traffic checked.
  11. Leave Allow HTTPS traffic checked.
  12. Click Deploy.

You are taken to the deployment tracking page, where you can track the progress of the Rehydrator deployment. Once the deployment process completes successfully, you see the post-deployment information page. This displays information about the deployment and provides links for accessing and managing the Rehydrator instance. Note the values for Site address, Rehydrator Username, and Rehydrator Password, as you will need this information to sign in to the Rehydrator web interface.

Configure the Rehydrator instance

Use the following procedure to configure the Rehydrator instance so that you can access and rehydrate your data.

  1. To access the Rehydrator web interface, open a browser and type the URL that was provided as the Site address value when you deployed the instance.
  2. The first time you sign in to the Rehydrator instance, you might receive a security error from your browser about the Rehydrator certificate. Use the appropriate procedure for your browser as described in Handle browser certificate errors to dismiss the error and connect to the Rehydrator instance.
  3. Sign in using the Rehydrator Username and Rehydrator Password credentials you noted when you deployed the instance.
  4. For Staging Bucket Name, type the name of the staging bucket.
  5. If the staging bucket is in the same project as the Rehydrator instance, select the Staging Bucket is in the same project as the Rehydrator VM checkbox.

    If the staging bucket isn't in the same project as the Rehydrator instance, create service account key files by following the instructions in the To generate a private key in JSON or PKCS12 format procedure at Generating a service account credential, then click Choose file to attach them. This allows the instance to move your data across project boundaries as needed by the rehydration process.

  6. For Destination Bucket Name, type the name of the destination bucket for the rehydrated data.

  7. If the destination bucket is in the same project as the Rehydrator instance, select the Destination Bucket is in the same project as the Rehydrator VM checkbox.

    If the destination bucket isn't in the same project as the Rehydrator instance, create service account key files by following the instructions in the To generate a private key in JSON or PKCS12 format procedure at Generating a service account credential, then click Choose file to attach them. This allows the instance to move your data across project boundaries as needed by the rehydration process.

  8. For Encryption Password, type the encryption password you set when you first received Transfer Appliance.

  9. For Encryption Passphrase, type the encryption passphrase you set when you first received Transfer Appliance.

  10. Click Submit. When the Rehydrator instance completes configuration, it displays a dashboard of pending rehydration jobs based on the data in your staging bucket.

  11. The first time you log in, you are asked if you want to take the optional tour of the user interface. Choose OK, otherwise choose Cancel.

Configure email alerts

You can optionally configure email alerts. Email alerts are sent for significant events regarding rehydration job status.

Use the following procedure to configure optional email alerts.

  1. Connect to the Rehydrator web interface.
  2. Click the settings icon in the upper right corner of the page and choose Email Notification.
  3. For Sender Email Address, specify a valid Gmail account to be used as the sender of all notifications.
  4. For Sender Email Password, type the password for the sender email account.
  5. For SMTP Server, type the SMTP server address as provided by your system administrator per the prerequisites.
  6. For Port, type the SMTP port as provided by your system administrator per the prerequisites.
  7. For Connection, choose the SMTP security mechanism (SSL, TLS, or None) as indicated by your system administrator per the prerequisites.
  8. For Recipient(s), specify a comma-delimited list of email addresses to send notifications to.
  9. Click Save.

Next steps

Once you've launched the Rehydrator instance, use the procedure in Rehydrating Data to run rehydration jobs.

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