Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4000 (WDBLGT0040KBK/WDBLGT0060KBK/WDBLGT0080KBK/WDBLGT0120KBK/WDBLGT0160KBK )
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Five stars for day-to-day operation but only one star for installation
R. Thompson, Amazon
19 March 2014
Summary: After two months of use I have only one complaint and that was with setting it up in the first place. It appears that its client software will not install on a computer that has a "reboot action pending". That is, if some previous installation or configuration change that has to wait for a reboot to complete is pending, the software will fail to install. On one computer just rebooting was al I need to do to get it to install.
Excerpt: This is a great, high-capacity NAS device. The interface is intuitive and friendly. The only thing I can knock it for, is that it doesn't work with SBS editions of Windows. Which would be great as it's a perfect solution for some small business applications. It's still completely functional in an small business environment, you just can't use it from the server. You have to remote into with a PC.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Good Quality, Scalable
Excellent little backup. You can't beat it for the price, to be quite honest.
Shaun A. Lynch "Digital Vizionz", Amazon
9 June 2013
Summary: We purchased this for the church to centralize our storage, The operating system is a bit clumsy, but for our purposes, 25 remote users find it quite easy to use. I do wish the drag and drop worked when using it remotely, but that's not a huge issue for us. The huge flaw as many may mention is it takes so long to reinitialize if you ever shut it down improperly. So just make sure you have an inexpensive battery backup. No biggie.
Summary: This storage server requires too much disk space for overhead use. It comes with 8TB and winds up with 5.39TB of free space. It also takes a bit too much time to initialize, I guess that could be expected given it has 8TB to initialize. Other than that it works as advertised.
Summary: One thing they don't mention is that you can use Remote Desktop Access to get to the server's desktop. If all you use is their admin interface, you can't install other software (like an FTP server). At it's core, this is a Windows Small Business Server 2008 without some of the features of the full-featured server product. I needed a FTP server on this unit, so I downloaded Filezilla, punched a port 21 hole in the firewall, and bada-bing, bada-boom, it's up and running.
Pros: Well built, great drives, love the display, dual NICs, dual PSUs, easy set up once you call tech support because the manual is incomplete and poorly written.
Cons: As said, the manual sucks. One little item they left out is that when you setup the unit, you MUST use Internet Explorer, because the setup routine uses ActiveX components. Well, I use Firefox and all I got was a 403-Access Prohibited error when I tried to start the setup routine. A call to tech support solved that problem, but don't you think this might be a good thing to put in the manual?
Summary: First of all, I'm a Windows guy. Have been forever. I work in IT, so the DX4000 is a natural fit for me, as it runs Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 (Essentials Edition) - although it IS possible to change the OS. I've been using a Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 for the last year and a half, configured with 4 Seagate 2TB "Green" drives, for a RAID5 configuration of 6TB usable space.
Summary: This server exceeded my expectations in every way. The setup was easy and I am not an IT guy! I really like the fact that I can set up a folder to store documments in from anywhere I have internet capability. If I had to do it all over again, I would have upgraded to the next higher level software (Microsoft Small Business Server) so I have more functionality on storing, retrieveing, and manipulating data and user permissions.
Summary: Generally happy with it and I'll update my review as I become more familiar with it but it took *six*days* for it to initialize my 12TB of disk space. Be prepared to wait. This isn't something you can unbox and immediately deploy. With RAID 5 on the 12TB model, you'll get 8.12TB of usable space. Eight months later: No problems. It just works. Runs like an antelope. Tells me when it's ready to apply a patch. Not so much as a hiccup since I bought it.