As volumes larger than 16TB became more common, it was recognized that the 32 bit value used to report disk size and usage within the standard "HOST-RESOURCES" MIB in SNMP was not large enough to report the proper disk size.
Net-SNMP seems to have addressed this issue by simply manipulating the value of "AllocationUnits" to maintain a 32 bit value for disk utilization (since total disk size/usage is equal to the 32 bit space value times the allocation unit), to allow for the calculation of a volume larger than 8/16TB. Presuming you don't have any reporting interest in the allocation unit, and are ok with a small level of inaccuracy. this seems like an elegant solution.
Window's built in SNMP service, however, seems to continue to suffer from this error, simply reporting the modulo of the used/assigned disk space, resulting in inaccurate disk size reporting.
Is there a way to enable Windows to correctly report disk usage for volumes over 16TB? We attempted to simply install Net-SNMP 5.5 x64 and disable Windows SNMP service entirely, however this unfortunately did not fix our issue.
When using the NetSNMP extensions, the information we collect for the particular disk we're interested in is as follows:
These results are the same regardless of whether we're using the vanilla Windows SNMP service, or NetSNMP.
I've seen people in the Cacti community mention simply scripting out a solution. Unfortunately, we're using Observium for quick and basic systems monitoring. If the issue can't be corrected on the Window's side, can Observium be made to report custom MIBs?
Looking into the bug report's mention of adding "realStorageUnits" to the snmpd.conf file, we experienced the following problem when setting that directive:
Well, after much tinkering, it doesn't look like any of the Windows versions of Net-SNMP like the "realStorageUnits" directive. Including the directive results in a warning when starting SNMP. We tried on version 5.5, 5.6, and 5.7. Has anyone has here ever figured out how to get SNMP to report out 16+ TB volumes on Windows?