WD 6100 Upgrade OS (2016) and perhaps OS Drives to SSD

I still use my DS6100 as my small businesses server. I have a love/hate relationship with it. :wink:

I’d like to upgrade its OS to at least WS 2016 Essentials, and possibly upgrade the two sloooooow OS drives to SSDs.

Has anyone done a simple “upgrade” of the OS (2012R2–> 2016 Essentials) so I don’t have to figure out how to reload all those proprietary drivers for the various WD6100 box “features”.

Any luck with switching out OS drives for SSDs, I’m thinking Sandisk.

Many thanks for any replies!

Update: See my post below with guides I found on the Internet for the DS6100! (12/7/21)

Hi @Cain57,

Please contact the WD Technical Support team for best assistance and troubleshooting:
https://support-en.wd.com/app/ask

WD Technical Support team was no help, the page says this product no longer has technical support… :frowning:

Good news for anyone else reading this thread in the future!! I found an outstanding series of guides how to do various operations on the DS6100!

I hope these links can help you and are active when you read this, if not try to contact me directly (today is 12/7/2021):

WD Sentinel DS6100: Perform a clean install of Windows Server 2016
http://blog.unit34.co/2017/02/wd-sentinel-ds6100-perform-clean.html

WD Sentinel DS6100: Using Unsupported Solid State Drives (SSDs)
http://blog.unit34.co/2017/01/wd-sentinel-ds6100-using-unsupported.html

WD Sentinel DS6100: Installing WD Components
http://blog.unit34.co/2015/10/wd-sentinel-ds6100-installing-wd.html

I’ll keep adding to this message as I experiment and learn more.