SMART capability for PowerEdge 2900.

Matt Domsch Matt_Domsch at
Fri Dec 22 05:50:56 CST 2006

On Fri, Dec 22, 2006 at 05:57:27PM +0800, MANTOVANI ALDO wrote:
> Hi,
> I have three PE 2900 with RHEL ES 4 U4 installed each with 6 SAS 146GB hd.
> I have a problem with smartmontools (is inside kernel-utils package).
> The command:
> % smartctl -a /dev/sdf
> Home page is
> Device: DELL    PERC 5/i       Version: 1.00
> Device type:  disk
> Local Time is:  Thu Dec 21 14:37:47 2006 CET
> Device does not support SMART
> Error Counter logging not supported
> Devive does not support Self Test logging
> Have you some answer for my question ?

SMART is handled at the individual physical disk level by the RAID
controller firmware, and not exposed at the virtual disk level by the
firmware.  You can use OMSA to report the number of predictive
failures on the underlying disks though, just not using the SMART
command format.


Matt Domsch
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