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What tools do you use to monitor hardware RAID Status on Dell Poweredge 2950 (II and III, perc)? I run Debian. I've used a "debianized" version of dell openmanage in the past. I'm looking for a lightweight solution and (if possible) something "debian packaged".

Any ideas are welcome!


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As womble said, grab the OMSA packages from that blog post and use NRPE to call check_openmanage.

This'll give you good coverage over all the Dell hardware in your box (including the RAID array(s))

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We run OMSA on all our Dell servers, and then have NRPE plugins to query that information to generate results for Nagios to process, graph, alert on, etc.

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I can't find that package, except on the Dell website. Perhaps you know what the name of the package is? – Ernie Aug 12 '09 at 23:50
What package? OMSA? Someone's packaged it for Debian at… The rest is all open source and already in Debian. – womble Aug 13 '09 at 0:35

not debian packaged..

i use ipmi over lan to read drac logs. i run:

ipmitool -L USER -H -U ipmi_username -P password sel elist last 10

this gives me last 10 log messages. if there is something there - probably strange stuff has occurred [ memory errors, redundant psu died etc ]

i run locally MegaCLI to query for raid status. it requires root privileges so i have cron job that executes:

./MegaCli -AdpAllInfo -aALL|grep -v "Current Time"  >> current.txt
./MegaCli -PDList -aALL   >> current.txt
./MegaCli AdpBbuCmd -aAll|grep "Aalarm"|grep -v "^Remaining" >> current.txt
./MegaCli -LDInfo -Lall -aALL >> current.txt

while nagios nrpe plugin just compares current.txt with expected.txt and alerts if they dont match.

you can google for megacli or download it from lsi webpage.

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OMSA works with debian, with a bit of tweaking, and it's not that heavy

on the other hand you can set up linux native tools, or the additional packages like nagios, munin etc.

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not that heavy? the .deb is 90Mb! You mentioned native tools - what are there? – artfulrobot Nov 20 '12 at 16:26
by heavy I meant the amount of tweaking required, not the file size. And by native I mean nagios plugins and scripts utilizing megacli – dyasny Nov 20 '12 at 17:57

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