Hey everybody. I currently have an older RAID card with two 500gb IDE disks in a mirrored setup which has been working fine. When i drive fails i just swap em, rebuild the array and all is well. The issue i am having is that the machine in question is a server and we VNC to connect to the desktop to do maintenance, etc. the problem is that when a HDD fails there is no real way of knowing since other than when we reboot it and it won't startup without us acknowledging that the drive has failed by pressing a certain key. Since its a server we rarely reboot it and then when we do and it doesn't boot up fully we have to haul it somewhere else and connect it to a KVM and see whats going on. The question is: Is there a add-on raid card we can replace our current card with that supports some type of windows access to the RAID info? We have some newer Dell desktops that have this and it makes life peachy. Any idea of where we can find something? Thanks for your help!
Our current card did not come with supplied windows management software. Although the idea of 3rd party software seemed promising after we searched for this (before this post) we were unable to find anything that accomplished this task (except if we had a MAC). We really don't want to chance buying another card go through all the work of converting the set and not to mention the downtime just to find out that there is no windows based management or alert system since this is specifically what we are looking for. Also while looking for new RAID cards to replace this one we could not find anything that specifically said that it was managable through windows or indicated that there was any type of monitoring. Only that each was compatible with certain versions of windows.
Thanks for the post. Although most of the stuff we ran into was for Server 2003, much like the link you posted, we did find that Monitorware agent supposedly supports XP so we are going to try that and poast what we find here.
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