VMware, IBM ServeRAID and SMART disk drives
Posted on 2009-02-16
Our VMware ESX server is installed od IBM System X 3500 server using DAS drives connected to ServeRAID 8k controller, and configured using ServeRAID Bootable CD (two RAID drives, 73 GB for VMware and 1TB for VMs).
However, I was wondering about disk health monitoring and diagnostics. Since I read few articles here and on VMware Communities, there are no ideas and solutions on how to install ServeRAID software on VMware server, although IBM offers ServeRAID 9 software for VMware.
The only thing I have discovered is that nobody really considers installing the software on ESX, and I would like to know why is that the fact? Are there any other ideas or propositions?
After all, ServeRAID is great if we are talking about drive's health monitoring and diagnostics. I guess all of you know about the SMART technology (Self Monitoring And Reporting Technology) which provides informations about disk drives health, and in the situation of soon-to-be-dead drives it generates the alerts in form of e-mail. Few times in the past, this functions saved my date (or my life).
So, my question would be this:
If there is a possibility to install ServeRAID, what is the procedure, since I'm not too big expert in Linux? And, if it is not possible, how can I monitor the health of physical drives in the server?
Thanks for the information and suggestions!