Preparing and Shipping Google Transfer Appliance

Once you have completed the data capture process, you must prepare Transfer Appliance for shipping. This preparation includes creating the Cloud Storage buckets you need for the rehydration process, and then running the Prepare for Shipping job, which optionally verifies all captured data (strongly recommended), removes the encryption credentials from Transfer Appliance memory, and performs other internal processes to prepare the appliance for return. When this job completes, you can ship Transfer Appliance to the Google upload facility.


Before you prepare Transfer Appliance for shipping, you must create a Cloud Storage bucket where your data will be stored until you rehydrate it. We recommend that you create the destination bucket that will receive the data following the rehydration process at the same time. If possible, we recommend creating these buckets (as well as the Rehydrator instance, when you create that) in the same project and zone to make data transfer faster and easier.

  1. Create a Cloud Storage bucket for staging by following the procedure at Creating Storage Buckets.
  2. Grant Storage Object Admin permissions on the staging bucket to by following the console procedure at Using IAM with buckets. For step 5, choose the Storage Object Admin role.
  3. Repeat the Creating Storage Buckets procedure to create a destination bucket.

Prepare Transfer Appliance for shipping

  1. On a workstation, connect to the Transfer Appliance web interface.
  2. Select Prepare for Shipping in the Operations pane.
  3. If you have any capture jobs that still have skipped files, the Prepare for Shipping: Files have been skipped screen displays.

    If you want to capture these skipped files, choose Cancel and then rerun those capture jobs. For more information, see Retrying Unsuccessful Data Capture Jobs. Otherwise, choose Prepare for Shipping.

  4. Choose whether to perform a data integrity check. This operation checks the data integrity by reading the contents of each captured, deduped chunk of data and verifying that the checksum of the contents is the same as the checksum of the data when it was read.

    To perform the data integrity check, check Perform data integrity check (recommended).

  5. Provide the encryption credentials you specified when you configured Transfer Appliance.

  6. Choose OK.
  7. For Staging Bucket, type the name of the Cloud Storage bucket to use to store your data until you rehydrate it.
  8. Check the checkbox to confirm that access to the staging bucket has been granted to
  9. Choose OK.

    The Prepare for Shipping job is launched. This job can be monitored in the Jobs Monitor pane of the Transfer Appliance web interface.

If the data integrity check detects an issue with any of the captured data, the Prepare for Shipping job fails, and a list of data capture jobs that are affected by the corruption is displayed. If this happens, choose Rerun Capture to recapture the data associated with the affected jobs, then run the Prepare for Shipping job again.

Once the Prepare for Shipping job completes successfully, choose Shutdown Appliance in the Operations pane (this appears where the Prepare for Shipping icon appeared previously) to power off Transfer Appliance, then repackage it using the packing materials it arrived in.

Ship Transfer Appliance

Transfer Appliance is now ready to ship to the Google data upload facility. Email to communicate the name of the Cloud Storage staging bucket and also request a shipping label. When you receive the shipping label, ship Transfer Appliance to the Google data upload facility specified in the response email.

Next steps

Once you've received notification from Google that your data has been uploaded, use the procedure in Launching and Configuring a Rehydrator Instance to create a Rehydrator instance so you can rehydrate your data.

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