Monitor RAID performance and statistics on VMware ESXi 4.0
Posted on 2012-03-28
I have a client running a HP ML350 server with a E200i controller, with a raid 5 made of 3 500gb sata disks. There is 1 2003 SBS server and 5 windows xp hosts running on the box.
We've replaced the drives from time to time, and they seem to take a long time to rebuild, and the network appears slower during that process. Today I was called because of slowness, and upon looking at the lights on the drives, they may be rebuilding. I have no way to check unless I shutdown all the guests and reboot the server, and that is amajor inconvenience to the customer. My question is:
How can I monitor the status of the RAID on a ML350 running vmware ESXi. On a physical server I can install the HP tools to do so, but I dont belive I can do this on a virtual box, as the ESXi runs in-between the hardware and the windows guest.