IBM ServeRAID LSI Mega Raid Manager on VMware

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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 IBM has a retain tip with installation instructions but that tip is outdated.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
Version: 5.1
IBM ServeRAID M5110
IBM xSeries 3650 M4 Server

Step 1: Download the latest LSI SMIS for VMware

Step 2: Enable SSH on VMware

From the VMware host console press F2 then go into troubleshooting.
VMware KB 2004746

Step 3: Extract the LSI download and upload the VIB file to /tmp

Step 4: 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

Step 5: Reboot the VMware server

Step 6: 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

Step 7: Add the VMware hostname to your DNS server. Setup an A record to point your VMware hostname to it's IP address.

Step 8: Install LSI Manager

Perform a basic install, no password is needed during the install.

Step 9: Configure LSI Manager

configure hostlsi mm 2lsi mm 3lsi mm 4lsi mm 5
Login using the VMware server login details.

lsi mm 6lsi mm 7
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
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Expert Comment

Thanks for the information, but can you confirm whether this method still works for ESXi 5.5?

Author Comment

by:Robert Saylor
I have not updated my VMware server since I wrote this document. Our server is internal.

Expert Comment

Thanks for the prompt response, I am going to give it a try and see what happens...
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Author Comment

by:Robert Saylor
Thanks, post your comments and or modifications for 5.5

Expert Comment

I have found that this method DOES work for ESXi 5.5 with one exception:

In order for the LSI MegaRAID Manager to be able to discover the VMware Host it is necessary to disable the ESXi Firewall which could pose a security risk for your VMware Infrastructure and I would recommend that after the inspection of your LSI configuration you re-enable the ESXi Firewall.

The command to enable and disable the ESXi Firewall are as follows:

Disable the Firewall

# esxcli network firewall --enabled false

Enable the Firewall

# esxcli network firewall --enabled true

Check the Firewall Status

# esxcli network firewall get
Default Action: DROP
   Enabled: true
   Loaded: true

Author Comment

by:Robert Saylor
Thanks for the comments on the 5.5 instructions. One day I will have to upgrade my server. I use to work in the IBM ServeRAID group before IBM sold it to Adaptec...

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