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Good day,

I was looking for a solution to monitor the RAID's of each of my servers at different sites.
They are all ACER servers I have about 6 in operation

Do i need unique software depending on each raid card like I currently have? Or is there one solution which I can deploy on all sites so they are all the same ?
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by:David
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All RAID controllers use vendor/product unique programming interfaces.  You simply won't find any product on the planet that does them all.

So exactly what RAID controllers do you use?

(Note also that some RAID controllers are profoundly dumb so there may not be any monitoring software out there)
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They are LSI raid controllers, Dedicated,

I use the megaRAID storage manager software to connect to most of them however I notice on two of my servers which run as VM's I am unable to connect where as on physical machines I have no troubles at all.
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That is correct.   The virtual machine won't see the physical hardware, that is the point of virtualization.  If it could talk to the RAID controller directly, then that would mean any VM could potentially reconfigure the controller and destroy data outside of the VM.
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by:Alwayslearningmore
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ok Fair enough. What can I do on my servers which run RM's to monitor the raid cards?

I use VM ware tech,.
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You monitor it from the physical vmware machine that boots to linux rather than the VMs.

Check this link out
http://www.thomas-krenn.com/en/wiki/Monitoring_LSI_RAID_Controllers_in_VMware
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by:Alwayslearningmore
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Thanks for the info. Having a read over it now. Much appreciated.
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by:Gerald Connolly
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Look at something like Nagios (www.nagios.org) to monitor your servers and their RAID arrays.
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