Monitoring LSI SMC1078 RAID Controller in VMware ESXi 5.5.0

Log in through ssh service and take a look of a raid controller model

~ # esxcfg-scsidevs -l | egrep -i 'display name|vendor'
Display Name: Local LSILOGIC Enclosure Svc Dev (mpx.vmhba2:C0:T2:L0)
Vendor: LSILOGIC Model: SASX36 A.0 Revis: 9
Display Name: Local USB CD-ROM (mpx.vmhba32:C0:T0:L0)
Vendor: AMI Model: Virtual CDROM Revis: 1.00
Display Name: Local USB Direct-Access (mpx.vmhba32:C0:T0:L1)
Vendor: AMI Model: Virtual Floppy Revis: 1.00
Display Name: Local LSI Disk (naa.6003048004319400196ff10f1cd9e340)
Vendor: LSI Model: SMC1078 Revis: 1.40
Display Name: Local LSI Disk (naa.6003048004319400196ff17d2365327d)
Vendor: LSI Model: SMC1078 Revis: 1.40
Display Name: Local LSI Disk (naa.60030480043194001a1cfe07181f1b2b)
Vendor: LSI Model: SMC1078 Revis: 1.40
~ #

We need to download VMware SMIS Provider, go to LSI web site and download it.
Other useful tool is MegaClI, go to the same link and download MegaCLI 5.5 P1 .Copy files to remote server.

scp vmware-esx-provider-lsiprovider.vib root@172.16.0.3:/vmfs/volumes/machines/ISO

scp vmware-esx-MegaCli-8.07.07.vib root@172.16.0.3:/vmfs/volumes/machines/ISO

Installation process

esxcli software vib install --no-sig-check -v /vmfs/volumes/machines/ISO/vmware-esx-provider-lsiprovider.vib
esxcli software vib install --no-sig-check -v /vmfs/volumes/machines/ISO/vmware-esx-MegaCli-8.07.07.vib

Shutdown all virtual machines and reboot the esxi host, it will need about 30 minutes to update the storage information and the hard drives will appear in the healt status.
LSI SMC1078

Some MegaCLI useful commands

cd /opt/lsi/MegaCLI #
Controller information

./MegaCli -AdpAllInfo -aALL
./MegaCli -CfgDsply -aALL

Enclosure information

./MegaCli -EncInfo -aALL

Virtual drive information

./MegaCli -LDInfo -Lall -aALL

Physical drive information

./MegaCli -PDList -aALL

check raid for errors

./MegaCli -LDInfo -Lall -aALL -NoLog | egrep -i "fail|degrad|error"

megacli monitor and configure LSI RAID controller

In this example i am using Debian 7 with raid controller LSI MEGA raid

It is necessary to add repository for the package:

Please add deb http://hwraid.le-vert.net/debian wheezy main to /etc/apt/sources.list

Then apt-get update && apt-get install megacli

megacli is a proprietary tool by LSI which can perform both reporting and management for MegaRAID SAS cards.
However it’s really hard to use because it’s use tones of command line parameters and there’s no documentation.

Gtestet all adapters status and config:
test:~# megacli -AdpAllInfo -aAll
Adapter #0

==============================================================================
Versions
================
Product Name : PERC 5/i Integrated
Serial No : 12345
FW Package Build: 5.2.1-0067

Mfg. Data
================
Mfg. Date : 00/00/00
Rework Date : 00/00/00
Revision No : @A
Battery FRU : N/A

Image Versions In Flash:
================
Boot Block Version : R.2.3.12
BIOS Version : MT28-8
MPT Version : MPTFW-00.10.61.00-IT
FW Version : 1.03.40-0316
WebBIOS Version : 1.03-04
Ctrl-R Version : 1.04-019A
[…]
Logical drive 0 on adapter 0 status and type:
test:~# megacli -LDInfo -L0 -a0
Adapter 0 — Virtual Drive Information:
Virtual Disk: 0 (Target Id: 0)
Name:raid1
RAID Level: Primary-1, Secondary-0, RAID Level Qualifier-0
Size:237824MB
State: Optimal
Stripe Size: 64kB
Number Of Drives:2
Span Depth:1
Default Cache Policy: WriteBack, ReadAheadNone, Direct, No Write Cache if Bad BBU
Current Cache Policy: WriteBack, ReadAheadNone, Direct, No Write Cache if Bad BBU
Access Policy: Read/Write
Disk Cache Policy: Disk’s Default

Exit Code: 0x00

Display, disable or enable automatic rebuild on adapter 0:
test:~# megacli -AdpAutoRbld -Dsply -a0

Adapter 0: AutoRebuild is Enabled.

Exit Code: 0x00
test:~# megacli -AdpAutoRbld -Dsbl -a0

Adapter 0: AutoRebuild is Disabled.

Exit Code: 0x00
test:~# megacli -AdpAutoRbld -Enbl -a0

Adapter 0: AutoRebuild is Enabled.

Exit Code: 0x00

Get and modify rebuild rate:
test:~# megacli -AdpGetProp RebuildRate -a0

Adapter 0: Rebuild Rate = 30%

Exit Code: 0x00
test:~# megacli -AdpSetProp RebuildRate 60 -a0

Adapter 0: Set rebuild rate to 60% success.

Exit Code: 0x00

Show physical disks from first controller:
test:~# megacli -PDList -a0
[…]
Enclosure Device ID: 32
Slot Number: 1
Device Id: 1
Sequence Number: 9
Media Error Count: 0
Other Error Count: 0
Predictive Failure Count: 0
Last Predictive Failure Event Seq Number: 0
PD Type: SAS
Raw Size: 140014MB [0x11177328 Sectors]
Non Coerced Size: 139502MB [0x11077328 Sectors]
Coerced Size: 139392MB [0x11040000 Sectors]
Firmware state: Rebuild
SAS Address(0): 0x5000c5000c8579d1
SAS Address(1): 0x0
Connected Port Number: 1(path0)
Inquiry Data: SEAGATE ST3146855SS S5283LN6CNGM
Foreign State: None
We can see that disk 32,1 (enclosure id = 32, slot = 1) is currently rebuilding (firmware state).
Let’s check this operation progress:
test:~# megacli -PDRbld -ShowProg -PhysDrv [32:1] -aALL

Rebuild Progress on Device at Enclosure 32, Slot 1 Completed 51% in 10 Minutes.

Auhtor:viliev