Disk failure notification on Dell RAID
Posted on 2011-02-19
I have a Dell Power Edge 2800 with a 3 disk RAID 5. It recently failed on reboot and I discovered that 2 of the 3 disks had failed. I assume that one of the disks in the array had failed some time ago and that the array was running in degraded mode. The second drive probably failed on reboot (after a power outage) and so the machine failed to boot.
I check the logs fairly regulary (bi-monthly?) and don't recall ever seeing any type of disk failure warnings in the log. Dell Open Manage was installed but I am not that familiar with it. I had assumded that it would create hardware related events in the logs but perhaps not.
Can someone clarify for me how hardware failure notifications can be handled on Dell Server hardware? I would like to be automatically notified of critical hardware failures if possible without having to install any 3rd party montitoring solutions.