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Here is my config:

  • Supermicro X7DBU;
  • 3ware 9650 RAID Controller - driver installed, I use it as main datastore;
  • managing the hypervisor with VMware vSphere Client 5.0.0 on Windows 2003 Server;

I have read that under the Configuration Tab on the client, Under Health Status, I should be able to see more hardware information than is displayed on the screenshot below.

VMware Configuration tab screnshot

What I want is very simple - a way to monitor the hardware status of the server as well as the RAID array state. Now, I have no way to know if a drive has failed, if the temperature is high, etc. I managed to install 3ware RAID CLI (tw_cli) and possibly this would help, but it solves the problem only partially.

The best solution should be a free one, as I have only this server and no money to spend on it.

How I can approach this?

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The ammount of information that is showed is highly dependent on you buying/having hardware that is explicitly supported by Vmware. – Zoredache Sep 26 '12 at 16:29
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I think you're out of luck. Normally the vendor would provide a CIM driver (or it's there by default for IBM, Dell, etc.) to enable hardware monitoring, but according to Supermicro's FAQ, they're not planning on releasing one.

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