Western Digital Sentinel DX4200 review
It’s good value but WD’s Sentinel DX4200 fails to impress as a backup appliance
The DX4200 runs the Workgroup Edition of WSS and is good for up to 50 users a doubling over the DX4000. There are some provisos, though, as it can only join an existing Active Directory domain, doesn't support the Hyper-V role and is stripped of Microsoft's global data deduplication feature.
After attaching a local monitor, keyboard and mouse, we ran through a quick start wizard which just sets the language and asks for a password to secure administrative access. After a reboot, you can enable email alerting and apply WD's software updates.
The DX4200 is app sparse as you only get WD's StorCentral which provides a basic dashboard showing storage status, alerts and system utilisation graphs. When we wanted to configure storage it simply stepped aside and handed us over to the Windows Server Manager interface.
The physical drives are placed in a storage pool within which you create virtual disks
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