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How can I monitor the hardware on my Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 host?

Posted on 2016-11-27
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Is there a clean way to monitor a Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 server for any hard drive failures?  I'm looking for a automated email solution but I will work with a manual process for now.  

To be clear, I'm looking to monitor the physical host that is on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (Type I) that runs the guest OS behind it.    

Server is a Dell PowerEdge R410
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by:Lee W, MVP
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There are plenty of third party management tools that can be installed and that can alert you.  Or you can use PowerShell or even WMIC to query disk status ASSUMING you're not using a third party RAID controller.  If you are, then you'll need to get that controller's software installed *IF* it's supported and then configure it.
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You are talking about the standalone, stripped down Hyper-V, right? Not Hyper-V in the the full Server OS?

OpenManage Server Administrator can be installed in "core" versions of Server, including Hyper-V, and monitored/managed remotely:
http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER03909716M/1/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-WINX64-8.4.0-2193_A00.exe
http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/4/SLN283225
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by:Kimberley from Paessler
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You could use PRTG and the built-in Hyper-V sensors.  The Hyper-V Host Server, Hyper-V Virtual Storage, and Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volume Disk Free would be of interest here, and the full list of Hyper-V sensors is here.

In addition, there are built-in sensors to monitor the Dell Poweredge directly: SNMP Dell PowerEdge System Health and SNMP Dell PowerEdge Physical Disk.

PRTG will send alerts by email, SMS, push notifications, etc when it detects a problem. The thresholds are customizable, so you decide when and how to receive an alert.

We offer a free 30-day trial with unlimited sensors ([Video] What is a Sensor?), which will automatically revert to our 100-sensor freeware version after the 30 days.
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by:jo80ge121
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@PowerEdgeTech - I like the OpenManager Server software idea.  I didn't know if it was possible for a core system install.  I'm going to try it.  Thank you.

@everyone - does Veeam offer a solution for this like remote hardware monitoring?  Anyone familiar with their One product?
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Best simple solution but doesn't offer great automation tools.  As always, paid versions take care of that.
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