monitoring PERC4e/di in ESXi 4.0

Benjamin_Gordy at Benjamin_Gordy at
Thu Mar 4 17:51:57 CST 2010

OpenManage allows the system hardware to be viewable from a web browser when you point the browser to the Windows system you installed the OpenManage web server on.  Once at the login screen http://windowshost:1311 you will then enter the name of the ESX host you installed the instrumentation on, along with root / password.

Installing OpenManage on ESX does not change storage information seen from within the Virtual Infrastructure Client.

Ben Gordy

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Robert von Bismarck
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2010 5:13 AM
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Subject: OT: monitoring PERC4e/di in ESXi 4.0

Hi all,

Maybe slightly off-topic, but asking anyway.
We installed ESXi 4.0 on a refurbished PE2850 with a PERC4e/di with 6x73Gb disks in RAID5 for light lab virtualization duties.
We used the ESXi 4.0 installer with Dell customisations, installed OpenManage via VMware vCLI, and the "health status" in vsphere client shows all the bits of the hardware nicely, but not the PERC, even though it's recognized and useable as a datastore.

After configuring SNMP traps in ESXi, we tried pulling a power cable, and got the traps we expected, but pulling a live disk out of the raid array did not do anything except start the "Blinking Amber Light of Trouble(tm)" on the server front. No status change in vsphere client either.

Thanks for any hints/clues,

Kind regards,

Robert von Bismarck
Senior Systems Engineer

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