What is the best way to monitor the RAID Disks on an IBM x3850 running VMWare ESXi ??
Silly me, I can't find anything better than watching a reboot over the RSA2...
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Re: VMWare ESXi, IBM Director and ServeRAID2013-01-04T07:46:01Z in response to Novikov_AlexanderDear all,
Happy new year, after the doc in the IBM website it's possible to manage disks in the server running ESX (see the procedure below). I have a X3550 M3 with vSphere 5.0 but the comand rpm doesn't work (-sh: rpm: not found).
is every one can help me?
Thanks in advance,
To install the ServeRAID Manager program on VMWare:
1. Insert the IBM ServeRAID Application CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Type the following command to install the 32-bit Linux
ServeRAID Manager on the VMWare ESX Server:
rpm -ivh RaidMan-9.00.i386.rpm
3. Install the ServeRAID Manager on a Windows or Linux machine.
4. From the Windows or Linux client, connect to the ServeRAID
Manager agent on the VMWare ESX Server using the management
o The ServeRAID agent on the VMWare ESX Server cannot be
monitored from a guest operating system.
o The VMWare ESX 3.0 firewall must have specific ports enabled
for incoming and outgoing traffic. The default ports ServeRAID
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Re: VMWare ESXi, IBM Director and ServeRAID2013-01-04T17:47:05Z in response to SystemAdminThis procedure is not applicable to ESXi, it is not the same operating system as ESX was.
There is no ServeRAID or MegaRAID management application for servers within ESXi 4, 4.1, 5, or 5.1.
To monitor the disk health you can set up SNMP within vSphere (requires you to be familiar with this in vSphere) and perform agentless monitoring in Director. You can also use vCenter to provide hardware monitoring services.
Please understand the differences between ServeRAID and MegaRAID as well. ServeRAID Manager is for legacy controllers found in older server models. It is confusing, because controllers that are labeled "ServeRAID M5015" (example only) are actually a MegaRAID controller (note the M). In a 3550 M3's case I would believe it has some sort of MegaRAID controller just based on age.
For reference on controllers:
IBM ServeRAID software matrix