We have recently bought a "white box" server to run VMware ESXi 5.0 (we're planning to use the vSphere 5 Essentials Kit). According to VMware's Compatibility Guide, the server's LSI Logic MegaRAID SAS 9260-4i RAID controller is compatible (support type listed as "inbox").
I've got as far as installing ESXi 5.0 on the host, and I've also installed the vCenter Server Appliance. I connected to the vCenter Server using vSphere Client, and I can see a list of pre-defined alarms, including one which should trigger whenever "host storage status" changes, which sounds like what I need.
I've just tried pulling one of the drives from the RAID array (resulting in the expected beeping from the RAID controller) but absolutely nothing appears to have happened in vCenter. The "host storage status" alarm doesn't seem to be triggered.
What I really need to do is to configure vCenter to send an email if the RAID array is degraded, to make sure we'll know and can replace the dead drive. If the alarm isn't even going to trigger, that doesn't seem promising.
Am I missing something here? I'm by no means an expert on VMware or server hardware, so I'm not even sure who to ask about this.
Thanks in advance!