smartmontools to monitor disks in 1655MC blades running SuSE 8.2

Marc Schmitt mschmitt at
Wed May 26 13:23:01 CDT 2004

Hi Aaron,

SMART monitoring from the OS won't work through a RAID controller, it 
only works for disks that are directly attached through a simple SCSI or 
IDE HBA (or if you degrade your RAID controller to a regular disk 
controller, not using its RAID capabilities).

What exists is RAID controllers capable of monitoring the SMART status 
of the disks attached to it. If you can read this information dependes 
on the adapter management tool you've received with your RAID 
controller. No idea what that is in case of a LSI Fusion MPT... sorry.


Aaron Urbain wrote:
> I'm looking to monitor the internal Raid 1 arrays in my blades
> and am thinking that  can 
> use S.M.A.R.T to
> notify me of actual or predicted failures.
> app5:/etc/init.d # smartctl --smart=on /dev/sda2
> smartctl version 5.31 Copyright (C) 2002-4 Bruce Allen
> Home page is
> unable to fetch IEC (SMART) mode page [unsupported field in scsi command]
> A mandatory SMART command failed: exiting. To continue, add one or more 
> '-T permissive' options.
> Has anyone gotten this to work?
> Perhaps the maxtor 10k drives are not smart enabled?
> Any other options for monitoring disks connected to LSI Fusion MPT 
> controller?
> -Aaron.
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