Monitoring non-Dell drives with OMSA?

Baird, Josh jbaird at follett.com
Mon Apr 5 11:49:01 CDT 2010


OMSA should have no problem monitoring non-Dell branded disks, BUT, keep
in mind, that the new Dell branded RAID controllers (H200/H700) will not
accept non-Dell branded disks.  I'm not sure what card you are ordering
your R410's with...

Josh

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com
[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of Robin Bowes
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 6:32 PM
To: linux-poweredge at dell.com
Subject: Monitoring non-Dell drives with OMSA?

Hi,

We have 32 x PE1950, plus 34 x R410, and have another 42 R410 on order.
All servers have (the balance of) a 3-year warranty.

Each server has 4 x 146GB 2.5" SAS drives configured in RAID10.

As you might imagine, with that many spindles we get regular failures.
It's no biggie - we just create an incident with Dell and get a
replacement sent to the DC, where it is fitted and the failed drive sent
back.

I want to buy a few spare drives to keep at the DC to use when we have
drive failures to reduce the time we have to run degraded.

So, I've got prices for Dell drives and equivalent Seagate drives:

Dell: $199, inc. drive tray
Seagate: $188

Now, that doesn't seem too bad, until you find out that the Seagate
drives come with a 5-year warranty as standard but the Dell drives only
come with a *1-year* warranty as standard!! If it weren't for that, I'd
go for the Dells as it keeps a single point-of-contact for all
replacements. But I can't go for hard drives with just 1 year of
warranty.

Now, if I do go with non-Dell drives, I'll still need to monitor them
for failure. Does anyone know if OMSA is capable of monitoring non-Dell
drives? If not, can can Seagate drives be flashed with Dell firmware?

Thanks for any insight...

R.

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