Tuesday, October 6, 2015

WD Sentinel DS6100: Installing WD Components

In our previous exercise, we showed you how to clean install Windows Server 2012 R2 on a WD Sentinel DS6100. Unfortunately on a clean install, the LCD of the DS6100 stops working and the system fan runs at full speed (and it's quite noisy). You'll also lose the dashboard that provides an overview of your system's health including the state of your RAID volumes. In this article, we're going to show you how to restore these functionalities on a clean install of Windows Server 2012 R2 by installing Western Digital components.

About the WD Components

The WD Sentinel DS6100 out of the box comes with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials preinstalled. If you've clean installed Windows Server Standard or Datacenter, you'll need to install the Windows Server Essentials Experience role first before installing the WD components. The WD components integrate with and don't work without the Windows Server Essentials Experience.

The WD components are located in the C:\WD folder on an out-of-the-box DS6100. Hopefully you would have grabbed a copy or backed up before you performed a clean install.

Perform a clean install of Windows Server 2012 R2

In our previous articles, we showed you how to backup your DS6100 and how to perform a clean install of Windows Server 2012 R2. If you haven't done so already, it would be a good idea to read those articles and go do them first. Also remember to make a copy of the folder C:\WD and keep it safe. We will need its contents later.

We also recommend running Windows Update after a clean install of Windows to make sure your system is fully patched.

Install the Windows Server Essentials Experience role

The Windows Server Essentials Experience role can only be deployed in an Active Directory domain environment. If your server is not a member of a domain, installing the Windows Server Essentials Experience role will also install Active Directory Domain Services and make it a domain controller. Avoid this by domain joining your server first.

To install the Windows Server Essentials Experience role, start Server Manager, under the Manage menu select Add Roles and Features.

Press 'Next' until you are on the Server Roles page. Select the role Windows Server Essentials Experience.

When asked to add features required for Windows Server Essentials Experience, press 'Add Features'.

Continue to press 'Next' to skip though all the pages until you reach the Confirmation page.

On the Confirmation page, press 'Install' to start the installation if the Windows Server Essentials Experience role.

Install the WD components

After installing the Windows Server Essentials Experience but before configuring it, install the WD components. Copy the WD folder that we backed up earlier to C:\WD and install the following.
  1. LpcDriverSetup.msi
  2. WDSMbusDriverSetup.msi
  3. PCHThermalDriverSetup.msi
  4. WDSystemConfigSetup.msi
  5. WDProductConfigService.msi
  6. WDBonjourSetup.msi
  7. WDAfpSupportSetup.msi
  8. WDHealthMonitorSetup.msi
  9. WdLcdSetup.msi
    Note: Run WdLcdSetup_PreInstall.bat before installing WdLcdSetup.msi.
  10. WDSoftwareUpdateProvider.msi
  11. WdStorageSetup.msi
  12. WDMonitorSetup.msi
  13. WDBranding.msi
  14. WDHomePageSetup.msi
  15. WDSUSetup.exe
    Note: Run C:\Windows\system32\pkgmgr.exe /iu:IIS-CGI after installing WDSUSetup.exe.
Once all the components have been installed, restart your server. If you would like to know more about these components, you can examine the batch files WdInstall.bat and post_oobe.bat also in the WD folder.

Configure Windows Server Essentials

After installing the WD components and restarting your computer, the LCD and the system fan should be working correctly. To get all the other components working such as the dashboard, you will need to configure Windows Server Essentials.

Open up Server Manager and click on the notification icon. You should then see a link titled Configure Windows Server Essentials. Click on that link and follow the wizard.

Once Windows Server Essentials has been configure, your clean install of your DS6100 with Windows Server 2012 R2 will just be like how it was out-of-the-box.


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