Western Digital has delivered an interesting product here. On the one hand, they have made it clear that they are aiming for the SMB and SOHO market. On the other, they have put features into the NAS that make it closer to an enterprise product. Since they are aiming for the Sentinel to be a plug and play appliance for the small office, they can’t be docked for doing things like limiting the types of replacement drives that can be installed. The dual NIC’s and dual USB 3.0 are solid features for any NAS. The support for redundant power supplies is almost unheard of in the NAS market (it’s usually found in enterprise grade SAN’s instead). If you know anything about managing a Windows or Windows Server machine, managing the Sentinel is a cakewalk. Scheduling backups is even easier thanks to the connector software provided by Microsoft. The only downside is the 25 machine limit that is inherit with Windows Storage Server Essentials. This isn’t even a real limitation, as you can still configure a host machine to backup to a folder share on the NAS without using the connector software, enabling you to bypass the 25 machine limit.
In summation, the Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 is an awesome product for your small office or home office. It offers a solid feature set and build quality. Management is easy if you’re familiar with managing Windows machines. For being an awesome NAS, we’re proud to award it our Gold award.
- Redundant power supply support
- Dual USB 3.0 ports
- Dual gigabit NIC’s
- LCD status display
- Solid build quality
- Restricted list of allowed drives
- No drive bay lock
- Fan remains on when unit is powered off