I really like my WD Sentinel DX 4000 – it’s great little product for me and I’ve actually got two of them in the SBSfaq.com offices. I walked into the office this morning though to see the display below on them “Software Update Available”. This is cool and I’d love it if my normal servers would do the same – makes it nice and simple to see what is going on.
Ok – so it needs an update – I decided to dig into it some more to see what that really means – after all this is the first time I’ve seen this displayed on this system.
I checked the alerts first up and as you can see below, there’s a WD Sentinel Software Update Available – unfortunately though it does not tell me much about how to get the update applied. Maybe that can improve there and give me more information.
So I did some digging into it. After a little bit, on the Monitor tab of the Dashboard, I found the screen below. I found that if I clicked on the “Check for Updates” button that it would come back and tell me that there were updates available, and it would then give me the option to download and install the updates. It warned me that it would need to do a reboot when it did this, so I went ahead and told it to proceed.
Whilst it was doing the update, it displayed “Updating Software” on the front LCD panel of the WD Sentinel – a nice touch for sure. The entire process took maybe 5 to 10 minutes and it rebooted – I noticed it was up again when it showed me the normal LCD screen.
I logged on to the Dashboard and checked the versions and sure enough – it’s updated.
I checked WD’s website and found out they have a list of fixes here in a PDF file.
Ok – so a few suggestions for WD.
1. Use the Alert to show me where to go and what to do to make the update happen. I don’t want to have to dig around for it
2. Why not have the LCD panel ALSO alert me to when there are Windows Updates available for it?