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WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

  • Raided enterprise-class drives
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Kenny B.
  • 1/10/2014 8:41:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsthey added iscsi!

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

Pros: 3rd review, just thought I would add that a recent update added full native iscsi target support via the OS! That was really the only thing this unit lacked, so if that was a deal breaker for you before: not anymore!

Cons: It doesn't make me a sandwich? Honestly: none! The thing just works!

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  • Jonathan D.
  • 12/30/2013 11:18:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsIt's Awesome if you know what you are buying!!!!

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

Pros: If you know what you are buying and how to configure it, the device is just awesome!

Fast
(with some system upgrades, see cons)
Easy to use, Plug and play
Recovery ISO
(can be copied to usb and modified before performing recovery etc...)
Awesome WD native dashboard
(both for users and admin which includes users shares & admin controls)

Overall for the specs it comes with, it is a decent box!

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STORAGE SERVER AND A SIMPLE NAS!!!!!!

This is a storage server/NAS and yes it can actually be upgraded!!!!!!! This is not simply an encloser with array ability!

Cons: System comes with 2gig of ram
Standard with 2 drives in a mirrored raid

If you do some googling you'll find out you can actually upgrade the unit to 4gig of ram! Obviously you have to take the case off and dig around a bit, but over all it wasn't hard at all. I bought cheap memory from best buy, plugged it in and it booted right up with 4gig.

As for the Raid system, if you plug in only 2 drives it is automatically sets to a mirrored raid, to get a stripped Raid you need 3-4 drives. The enterprise drives costs easily $250 each!! And this device is limited to 3 types of drives it will accept!!!

BUT again if you do some googling you'll find out you can take the whistlist.xml file located in the recovery iso and manually add any drive you want to use and simply wipe the OS and bam, any drive you want will work in the NAS!

As a techy guy I love doing this type stuff to get the NAS exactly where I want it, but I understand most don't and for the reason I take away a star. It is not config friendly and the native drives you try to force onto users is crazy (I'm using this at home as a test server to run VM's ((yes I know it's a storage server blah blah)) my point being I dont need the fancy $250 hard drives to make this a Raid 5, I'd be happy with the Red Line of WD drives at $75 each....)

But I cant truly blame WD for this... If you know the difference between enterprise drives and normal drives you will soon understand why it is configured that way!

Enterprise drives when they detect a possible error they will do a self test for 3-12 secs. If the tests passed, it will mark it as ok and just continue on. On a normal hard drive this self tests takes anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes to complete and in an array environment this reflects as "damaged" because it's taking longer then normal to pass the test and it will drop the drive from the array! There is a reason behind having such a small selection of compatible drives with this device!

Other Thoughts: This thing would be perfect if it had a bigger range of compatibility right out of the box!

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  • Olivier D.
  • 11/5/2013 11:36:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

Pros: Great substitute for a server for a small entreprise

Cons: so far so good

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  • Kenny B.
  • 2/3/2013 1:14:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStill chuggin along

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

Pros: This is my second review on this. I have had it for 10+ months now and it is still going strong. :)

Sits there quietly and never makes a fuss. Just keeps on working!

Cons: still no iscsi. management software is also still laggy.

Other Thoughts: great little device! they now have 4x4TB models. If I needed more space and had the coin, I would buy another unit in a heartbeat.

Those complaining about the processors and memory fail to realize that this unit is NOT a workstation. it is not an application server either! it is a STORAGE SERVER. made to store and share files on your network, not run server applications for your network.

It has more than enough processor and ram to do its intended job. I have never had any lag issues with it when streaming or downloading from it and I use it daily.

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  • SCOTT W.
  • 8/15/2012 6:27:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStill a pain...

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

Pros: It's got some, but they don't matter...

This machines requires too much "baby sitting" administration for serious small business users. I would not recommend it at all for business use. As a home server it would be great though.

Cons: This review is a response to the response from WD in my previous post.

Again, I truly believe this server is NOT for small business. It's geared in it's management set for home users and not business use. It's slow to manage, and does not like it when you make changes to it's initial setup. Plus it complains about it when you don't use features that you don't need. I don't need features force fed to me!

Other Thoughts: 1. I didn't say a thing about the drives or their engineering. Just that a 120mm fan would be more quiet and have more longevity. The 80mm fan is fine, but not optimal. Small business needs as much optimization as they can get! Not "just fine."
2. Please don't give me a R.T.F.M. response again. I read the manual, which was poorly written, and know Windows Server 2008 quite well. And, I know Windows Home Server quite well too! This server is NOT for small business. It's more for home use, and does NOT meet the needs for small business. For instance, I removed the "media" shares as they are useless for our business, now the server complain each and every day that the "required shares are missing" THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED!!!!!!! I also have NOT registered a domain for this server, as it does not NEED a domain to work! Yet another daily compaint from it that I need to do this when I don't!
3. Updates don't install automatically when set that way. I have to baby sit it!!!

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the Western Digital 8 TB Sentinel DX4000, as this is not the typical experience. We will gladly forward your request for adjusted cooling to our engineering team for further consideration. The User Manual references are intended to avoid confusion in our responses. We also use these references as a resource for customers who may read our responses. The Microsoft Updates to the Windows Server 2008 R2 are a separate update from the WD updates, and are applied via Windows Updates. To apply Microsoft updates, go to Server Settings on the Dashboard. Within the Dashboard, under Monitor, you may check for software updates or choose Automatic Updates. Within the Microsoft updates settings you may set the updates to automatically install with the option to schedule an update. In the event that your device is up to date and still receive alerts indicating required updates, you may want to properly reboot your device if this was not automatically done. The alerts are there to inform the administrator of potential ways to improve system stability and reliability. If you do not want to add your device to a domain, you can click on the ignore link to discontinue further duplicate alerts. As to the default media shared folders, the error you received, ‘required shares are missing’ is a component of the Windows Server 2008 R2 Essentials operating system, which we cannot supersede. We would appreciate the opportunity to answer any further inquiries for you directly, in an attempt to resolve those concerns, and find a positive resolution for your situation. You may contact us at 1 (855)556-5117, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/contact/contact.asp?lang=en&ct=sentinel. Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.

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  • SCOTT W.
  • 7/20/2012 6:13:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsToo much trouble for little return

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

Pros: Very well built small unit.
Dual net and power for redundancy
Full Windows Storage Server 2008 based OS
Fast network performance
WD Support

Cons: Oh, where to start...
First, there is only a 80 mm fan on the back. Plenty of room for a 120mm which would have been much quieter. While the OS is Windows Storage Server 2008, it's setup more like Windows Home Server with the RDS style administration. This can be extremely confusing, as it pops up windows that look like local windows, but really are remote windows. It's slow, dog slow. The Atom processor is dual core, and nice to use due to low power, but it's dog slow. A different chip should have been used. Managing backups seems easy, but if you hit a bump fixing the problem is a pain. The admin interface is extremely un-intuitive. And missing so many key components for a proper NAS. Sure you can buy more add-ins, but you have to BUY them!

Other Thoughts: I really wanted to like this unit, but using it for only a few days has really been a bad experience. I've joined this unit to my domain, and even there I hit a problem. We only have 13 users, but more than 13 accounts in the domain. The NAS immediately informed me I was out of the 25 user limit and would not work. I had to create a special group in the domain just to make the NAS work! This thing even wanted to update install I.E. 9. WHY?!?! Then it wouldn't install it after all! BAH!! Windows Storage Server 2008 was great for speed, but terrible for admin and support. I'm really not pleased at all.

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the Sentinel Small Office Storage Server, as this is not the typical experience with the product. The Sentinel has been specifically engineered to meet heat specifications desired for the approved drives that have been tested and qualified. For a list of qualified compatible drives, please use the following link as a reference
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9443
Server administration can be accessed via the dashboard, which allows the administrator to perform all of the tasks necessary to properly manage this device, which is outlined starting from page 17 on the user manual provided at the following link
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/UM/ENG/4779-705064.pdf
Page 53 of the user manual gives a best practice for usage with the Sentinel to allow for the optimum performance of this device, as well as general setup practices. The Sentinel is running a Windows Server 2008 R2 platform, and all licensing follows guidelines provided by Microsoft, and add-ins are optionally acquired directly from Microsoft.
For information on options of updating software, please reference the section of the user manual for updating, starting on page 24. As far as updating to a new web browser, it is a business best practice to update to newer web browsers as far as security is concerned, because older technology may have vulnerabilities that have been taken into consideration and addressed with the applicable update. We would appreciate the opportunity to further assist you, and resolve any further concerns you may have with the device and/or your experience. You may contact us at 1 (855) 556-5117, or via our support website at:
http://bit.ly/PkgnDH
Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.

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  • Wei L.
  • 6/27/2012 9:53:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsJust like to ask a question

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

Pros: Can someone post what is the power consumption on this unit?

Thank you!

Cons: None

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  • Kenny B.
  • 3/19/2012 12:05:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsawesome NAS box for media sharing to HTPC's

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

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)

setup is simple, has remote desktop turned on already by default. password policy is disabled by default, so its perfect for streaming media to HTPCs.

Quiet operation, did I mention its small?!!

great monitor software that tells the status of the drives, the temps of the cores and the unit, fan speed, PSU status, etc.

already setup in hardware RAID-5 with a 50GB partition for the OS, and a second partition for the remaining 5.xTB free space pre formatted in NTFS.

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.

software to manage it is laggy. remote desktop is a much faster/easier way to manage the unit.

newegg is pricier than other retailers on this unit

Other Thoughts: Would have been nice to have ISCSI support, but it is what it is. I don't really need the ISCSI support though as its primary purpose is to be an always-on central location to put movies and tv shows on to be accessed by the 3 HTPCs in the house.

works flawlessly in media center. just remote in, add a user account that matches the username and password (if any) of the account you use on the HTPC, and create a share on the larger partition, give read or read/write access to your htpc account and then from media center, add that share to your library in media center and your good to go from there with no access issues or password challenges! :) averaged 41-50MB/s sustained write for large files (dumped 750GB worth of movies and tv shows to it all at once) streams 1080P + 5.1 surround sound HD content no sweat.

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  • Jonathan C.
  • 1/10/2012 1:27:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for MS networks

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

Pros: This a great little device, especially for the price. Since it runs Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials it can join your existing domain without any need for 3rd party LDAP connectors.
You can use the provided configuration utility for just login to the device using RDP.
Fast file transfers over my gig lan.
You can even setup DFS and have it participate with your file servers!

Cons: No iSCSI
No rackmount formfactor
Can't delete default folders without it complaining

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  • David N.
  • 12/15/2011 8:49:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent storage, client PC backup, and remote access

This review is from: WD Sentinel DX4000 8TB (4x2TB) Small Business Storage Server NAS WDBLGT0080KBK-NESN

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. It comes with dual NICs, teamed for automatic failover, and you can add a second external power brick for automatic failover of the power supply. No keyboard, mouse or video required - just plug it into the network, and the LED will display the server's IP address. The LED will also display diagnostic information, and the desktop "Launchpad" app will alert you to things like Microsoft or WD updates waititing to be installed, backup failures, etc.

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.

Other Thoughts: Windows Storage Server Essentials is built on Windows Server 2008 R2, so you the the benefits and robustness of a true server operating system. It can be used as a standalone NAS/backup device, or joined to your existing active directory domain, allowing for group policy configuration, security groups, etc.

I have the Sentinel and a small UPS sitting on top of a filing cabinet - combined they take up about 12 inches (the Sentinel is just over 6 inches wide).

I'm currently backing up about a dozen XP, Vista, and Windows 7 machines to the Sentinel. They all back up every night with no problems whatsoever.

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