RAID in a virtual environment

We've decided to get a Lenovo box and go virtual. My plan is to install 3 drives and go RAID5.   Then install XenServer and boot a Windows 2012 Server as a virtual machine.  How will I manage the RAID and make sure there aren't any issues if I can't install the software like I would if I was running Windows outside of a virtual environment?  Do I just look for blinking lights and check it when I restart the machine thorough the BIOS?  Right now we run a normal server without virtualization so I just installed the RAID monitoring tools on the server and use that.  Thanks.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am not entirely sure what you mean. Your host machine can have RAID drives - no problem.

Your guest machines are just files on the host (ESX?) box and you install software normally in the guest.
Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
While I have not worked specifically with Lenovo servers, I know with the HP iLO remote management modules, you can configure emails to be sent when there are device failures. I believe Lenovo calls their version the "ThinkServer Remote Management Module". From looking it up, I would say it performs a similar function and you could monitor your systems that way. I also know that with Dell, there is a Linux version that can run, but I have not tried it on a virtual environment OS. That provides an Open Manage web interface to interact with the server maintenance.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You install the RAID monitoring software designed for XenServer, and monitor the RAID hardware at the Host OS level, which is XenServer.

I would also recommend you select RAID 6, and purchase an additional disk to support this. RAID 5 is no longer considered suitable for a Production environment.
Jason92sAuthor Commented:
Thank you both.  Very helpful.
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