Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4000 (WDBLGT0040KBK/WDBLGT0060KBK/WDBLGT0080KBK/WDBLGT0120KBK/WDBLGT0160KBK )
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DX4000 = There's a new top dog in the NAS appliance world
John T., Newegg
11 January 2014
Pros: I usually work with NetApp, IBM XIV, Compellent, EMC Clariion and DMX. I use these appliances for backup targets and physical migrations of servers from one place to another. It runs windows, NFS was flawless if you know what you're doing. ISCSI built in. Oh yeah - doesn't have what you need? It's running windows fellas - download and install the app. I'm using it for an NFS datastore right now for VEEAM VMWare backups and replications.
Cons: For the price - There are non. I"ve used IOMega StorCenters (GARBAGE), Netgear, Buffalo, Linksys, and Drobo. I'm sold - I HATE appliances - I've been desperately looking for something fair.... This is a good intermediate solution inplace of a bulky server
Western Digital Sentinel Small Office Storage Server
21 November 2012
Summary: WD's Sentinels are an excellent choice as a NAS. First, this is WD's most important product and as such, when you call in for technical support, you go right to the top. I've had nothing but top rated service when working with them with the few problems I had (not the machine). Originally, I thought I had a problem with the unit, but after looking at my approach, the problem was mine. However, I had already contacted Overstock about a return.
Pros: Performs as advertised, very self maintained. It comes with top of the line hard drives.
Cons: This is not an issue for me but it does not offer the ability to change the raid type manually, the raid type is set by the number of hard drives and starts as raid 1 with two hard drives and then shifts to raid 5 with the addition of more hard drives. This is not horrible but an interesting note.
Summary: software to manage it is laggy. remote desktop is a much faster/easier way to manage the unit.
Pros: small footprint, LCD screen on the front to give status, HDD indicator lights, hot swap drives no caddies needed, and pre-loaded with enterprise class 2TB HDD's with 64MB cache and dual processors each. (those drives are currently going for 450/ea on newegg)
Cons: no native ISCSI support, bit spendy, but if you try to build one yourself with enterprise class drives, you will spend just as much if not more and lose the dead drive LED functions.
Summary: Not even sure if it would allow just a single drive installed without making it part of the RAID array, but I haven't done much reading yet.
Pros: Small, low power consumption, easy setup. 2TB RAID 1 is enough space for most small biz. Dashboard is simple to use and comes with decent online help.
Cons: Not a huge deal but: Won't work with WD Green drive, I haven't tested a RE WD drive yet, but the documentation lists only 2 compatable drives that you can increase storage with. Both of which I have not found on newegg.
Excellent storage, client PC backup, and remote access
David N., Newegg
15 December 2011
Pros: The Sentinel is a well-built, very small and quiet storage server with very large capacity (5+ TB with Raid 5). It will back up up to 25 client PCs with data deduplication to minimize space required for backup, as well as providing a massive amount of shared or private storage to users. It offers remote access to your network just like Windows Home Server or Small Business Server. It uses WD server-grade hard drives, not desktop-quality drives like many NAS devices. I...
Cons: There is a 2 TB limitation in Windows Server Backup, so there is no native way to back up the Sentinel. If you want to back up this server, you'll need a 3rd party application.