Hardware: Dell PowerEdge 2950 Server
OS: Windows Server 2008
Host OS: VmWare ESXi 4.0
We are currently having hardware problems with one of our servers. I recently came on board in a small business environment and on this particular server they are running all virtual servers - of which I have very little experience with. I'm really at a loss on how to run diagnostic tests on a machine that I can't "get into". You cannot remote desktop into the machine - from what I understand, the only way the current IT staff (one programmer) has been accessing it is by vSphere Client 4.0. When you enter the server IP in a web browser, it takes you to the VMWare ESXi welcome page! I installed the vSphere Client 4.0 and I can view the Hardware "Health status" but I can't run any diagnostic tests to confirm that the drive needs replaced:
Drive 1 in enclosure 32 on controller 0 Fw: HS09 - UNCONFIGURED BAD
RAID 5 Logical Volume 0 on controller 0, Drives - DEGRADED
All of the other drives: In Critical Array - Assert
I'm used to running hardware diagnostic tests and monitoring the physical server with a GUI. This is going to drive me crazy if there is truly no way to view the actual machine! I suppose there are third party utilities out there, at a cost? If anyone could elaborate on how they manage the hardware monitoring and diagnostics on their virtual servers, I would appreciate any and all suggestions! I tried to search through documentation on the VMWare site and became overwhelmed by the sea of information rather quickly. If there is a VMWare "bible" out there, please point me in that direction! Thanks!