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How to get notification of RAID mirror status on a Windows 2003 server with Gigabyte Motherboard using built in RAID controller

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I have a Windows 2003 server running with a Gigabyte GA-965GM-S2 Motherboard using the built in RAID controller.  Is there a way to check the mirror status of the controller in Windows without having to shut down and check the bios startup utitility screen?
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It doesn't look as if this motherboard has native RAID controller monitoring built in. Sorry.
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So you can monitor health and get config via a powershell script, or scripting diskpart, here is a rather powerful one that you can probably use as-is

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/ITCG/thread/6c441971-ced3-4806-be18-2e043cce7649
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If you set up SNMP ,you can use the agent to send alerts of any issues with the controller and drives.

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sysmgmt/sb/CS-029304.htm
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I was afraid monitoring was not available.  Don't understand the script offered but I wonder if it would tell me if my mirror was functioning.  What is my best solution?  Would it be to install a new RAID controller card with a Windows monitoring utility?  Any recommendations of an economical card.
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A windows monitoring utility will NOT drill inside a hardware RAID controller .. but premium RAID controllers come with built-in windows-based GUI monitoring software.  Just do your homework.  It is important to get the right kind of HDD as well. If you have consumer/desktop instead of enterprise/server class disks, then forget buying a premium RAID controller, as they require enterprise class drives to work properly.

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