It is a single server with 2x Adaptec 5805 RAID controllers. This server will run ESX 4.0 (if required by Adaptec's ASM or maybe backup software) or ESXi and will be co-located in data center. The important detail I missed is how will I manage these RAID controllers remotely? I can access the server (Supermicro X7DCX with SIMSO+ card) remotely but not the RAID controllers.
As far as I know I can't install Adaptec Storage Manager on ESXi as was planning initially, so I adjusted my plans and now I can get a ESX. Please remember, it is a single server so the storage disks will be on the same server (no shared storage, just local). I do not have any option to use second physical server or shared storage.
The most important part is how can I get a notification about disk failure? I'll be running multiple virtual machines on this server but as far as I know I can't use Adaptec's Storage Manager to access their controller from guest OS as described on page 5 here: http://download.adaptec.com/pdfs/readme/ASM_readme_v5_20.pdf
"The Adaptec Storage Manager agent on the VMware ESX Server cannot be monitored from a guest operating system".
So, is there any other option I can use to access ASM on ESX or ESXi? Can I connect to it from remote computer, say, from my office PC? All I need is to get a notification about hard drive failure or at least be able to check the status of RAIDs every few days. I am going to use RAID6 and RAID10 so I can survive after one disk failure on each controller.
Any suggestions or advise?