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Need Recommendation for RAID Monitoring Software



List users,

We are running Fedora Core 3 on multiple Dell PowerEdge servers. Each machine has an onboard LSI Logic PERC 4e/Si RAID controller, megaraid drivers (2.20), and two SCSI disks configured in a RAID 1 (mirrored).

As part of our backup routine, we pull out a drive from each machine and swap in a new one. The pulled drives are stored as backups, and the mirrors are rebuilt on the new disks.

This has been working well for us, but we have not been able to find software that allows us to monitor the rebuild. The only ways that we can tell when it is complete are by monitoring the drive activity lights or by rebooting the server and going into the RAID controller's firmware utility. The first method is error-prone and the second method is not a valid option, because we need to keep the machines available during the rebuild.

I'm fairly certain that there is Dell software for RAID monitoring from the OS, but it is Windows specific. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could recommend a text-mode software package for FC3 that offers the same functionality as well as the ability to monitor the RAIDs for disk failures.

Thank you,

Matthew Roth
InterMedia Marketing Solutions
Software Engineer and Systems Developer


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