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Emails on critical events of software RAID-1 in W2003SBS

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Hi Experts!

I have a software RAID-1 mirroring set up on my W2003SBS using Disk Management snap-in in MMC.

I would like to know how can I set up some sort of a monitor (e.g. Health Monitor) to email me whenever a RAID problem occurs - RAID corruption, disk failure, etc.

Do you know what error codes can I interrcept and how to set up a monitor to inform me about such critical events.
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The events to watch for are from Event Source dmio and dmboot. The health monitor in SBS can watch the event log for errors or warnings from these sources and email if any are logged.

Open the Health Monitor (Under "Administrative Tools")

Create an email action:

Under the correct server name, right-click on "Actions" and select "New" --> "Email Action"
Enter the correct information in this configuration screen - the "Help" for this page explains some of the Syntax for including specific information in the email.
On the "Schedule" tab, leave all days selected and "Run all day" to make this action available at any time.
Choose a useful name for the action and click OK to save.

Create a "Watcher" (this will monitor the event log for the specified errors, and trigger the "Action" when it sees the event

Expand "Small Business Server Alerts" --> "Core Server Alerts"
Right-click on "Core  Server Alerts" and select "New" --> "Data Collector" --> "Windows Event Log Monitor"
On the details tab, make sure "Error" and "Warning" are checked. (this specifies which types of event log entry trigger this monitor)
Change the "Log File" dropdown to System, tick the "Source" checkbox and enter "dmboot" (you''ll need to repeat the process for dmio)
On the "Actions" tab, click on the star symbol to add a new action, and select the "email" action created earlier, and tick "Warning" and "Critical" for "Execution Conditions"
On the "Schedule" tab, set the times you want this to run, and also consider changing the "Collection Interval" to 10 or 15 minutes. Drop the "Samples for Average" down to 1.

Repeat this to add a monitor for dmio


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There's also an SBS guide to using the health monitor to email on succesful backups here:
http://www.smallbizserver.net/Articles/tabid/266/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/143/Add-an-email-alert-after-successful-backup.aspx
With screenshots etc that would only need modifying slightly to do what you need.
And a list of the Windows Software Raid errors here::
http://www.mwagent.com/common/en/articles/software_raid_monitoring_windows_2003.php
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