The LSI Mega Raid Storage Manager is a program where you can monitor the health of your array, setup drives and change notification details. IBM has always provided a way for you to manage your array in Windows, Linux, Unix and many other operating systems. Currently configuring the LSI Mega Raid Storage Manager on VMware ESXi 5.1 is not very well documented by IBM. IBM has a retain tip with installation instructions but that tip is outdated. Following these steps below will get the LSI Mega Raid Manager running on an IBM ServeRAID adapter. Please note this guide should work the same for any non IBM server that is running VMware ESXi 5.1 and a LSI Mega Raid Controller.
Tested Configuration and Hardware:
Operating System: VMware ESXi
IBM ServeRAID M5110
IBM xSeries 3650 M4 Server
Download the latest LSI SMIS for VMware
Enable SSH on VMware
From the VMware host console press F2 then go into troubleshooting.
VMware KB 2004746
Extract the LSI download and upload the VIB file to /tmp
Install the VIB
1. cd /usr/bin
2. esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/LSI_bootbank_lsiprovider_500.04.V0.38-0006.vib --no-sig-check
Reboot the VMware server
Download and install LSI MegaRaid Manager. The download is on the same URL from step 2 or you can also download this from IBM. MIGR-5077712
Add the VMware hostname to your DNS server. Setup an A record to point your VMware hostname to it's IP address.
Install LSI Manager
Perform a basic install, no password is needed during the install.
Configure LSI Manager
Login using the VMware server login details.
Note: IBM released retain tip H21152
but the steps currently does not work with ESXi 5.1
Once you have followed these steps you will have full control over your IBM ServeRAID using LSI Mega Raid Controller on a VMware ESXi 5.1 operating system. You will be able to monitor the array from any Windows computer in your network.
VMware KB 2004746