How To: Linux Virtual Machine on your WD Sentinel

How To: Linux Virtual Machine on your WD Sentinel

DISCLAIMER: The following steps may VOID your WD Warranty and are probably not directly supported by WD.
* upgrading the memory
* installing VMware Player
* hosting Virtual Machines

  1. Wipe down your WD Sentinel with a nice lent free cloth so that it looks
       brand spanking new. :slight_smile:

  2. Upgrade the memory on your Sentinel from 2 GB to 4 GB (WARRANTY VOID STEP) but it can be done

     using only 2 GB. It will take a long time to format the vmdk disk though.

     Adding RAM on a Sentinel DX4000

  1. Remote Desktop into your Sentinel and Share the D drive

    We’ll use CIFS to access it through Linux later on.

  1. Download and install Firefox on your Sentinel (personal preference)

  1. Download and Install VMWare Player (FREE) on your Sentinel

  1. Download the CentOS 6.3 32-bit Net Install Image on your Sentinel (or a flavor of Linux of your choice)
       Just get the netinstall.iso  (for some reason the 64-bit OS could not be installed. I forget the error message.)
        Pick your Mirror

    Get CentOS-6.3-i386-netinstall.iso

  1. Open VMware and Click “Create A New Virtual Machine”

  2. Browse to your “CentOS-6.3-i386-netinstall.iso” and click Next

  3. Select a Guest Operating System and click Next

    Guest Operating System:   Linux
    Version:                                 Redhat Enterprise Linux 6

    DO NOT SELECT “Redhat Enterprise Linux 6 64-bit”

  1. Name your VM and click Next

  2. Set your Disk Space size and click Next

  3. Click “Customize Hardware”

  4. Select “Network Adapter”

  5. Change the “Network Connection”:

    * NAT: Used to share the host’s IP address
    * Bridged: Connected directly to the physical network

  1. Click “Close” and then “Finish”

  2. Use this guide for your CentOS 6.3 Netinstall steps

    CentOS 6.3 Netinstall Guide – Network Installation Screenshots

When you’re completed, you’ll have a CentOS 6.3 (RHEL6.3) Virtual Machine hosted on your WD Sentinel.
I think VMware Player allows up to 5 VMs in the Library, but you can have many VMs on Disk.

  1. Get the IP of your Sentinel from the LCD or ipconfig command.


  1. Login as root on your Linux VM

  2. Create a mount

       mkdir /media/wdsentinel

  1. CIFS mount your Shared D Volume to Linux

     mount -t cifs // /media/wdsentinel -o username=Administrator,password=xxxxxxx

  1. Access your Sentinel from your Linux VM

     [root@mylinuxvm ~]# ls -la /media/wdsentinel/
     total 2281181
     drwxr-xr-x. 1 root root       4096 Mar  6 08:28 .
     drwxr-xr-x. 4 root root       4096 Mar  6 08:54 …
     -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root  203423744 Mar  1 12:17 CentOS-6.3-i386-netinstall.iso
     -rwxr-xr-x. 0 root root 2132471808 Feb 27 03:19 pagefile.sys
     drwxr-xr-x. 1 root root          0 Mar  6 06:36 $RECYCLE.BIN
     drwxr-xr-x. 1 root root       4096 Jan 30 14:28 ServerFolders
     drwxr-xr-x. 1 root root      20480 Mar  6 13:00 System Volume Information


I think the general consensus was that the Atom processor in the DX4000 could only support 4GB RAM. What type of memory did you install where 8GB of RAM is recognized?

DOH!!  good catch

Edited and fixed!

I executed the procedure on  a native Sentiel with 2 GB of memory.