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LSI MegaRAID

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1. Card information

MegaRAID is the legacy high-end RAID controllers series by LSI.
It is fully hardware RAIDs controllers supporting RAID5, at least, with various SCSI interfaces.
If you're a looking for information about MegaRAID with SAS or SATA connectors, please look at LSIMegaRAIDSAS instead.

All theses card can be used with stock Linux kernel which includes a working driver. Both opensource reporting
tool and proprietary management utilities exists.

Even there are old and deprecated, theses cards are a good choice for Linux, because of their great support.


2. Linux kernel drivers

Driver Supported cards
megaraid_mm & megaraid_mbox LSI MegaRAID

megaraid_mm and megaraid_mbox have been part of the mainstream Linux kernel for a while and should be available in all current Linux distributions.

If your card use megaraid_sas driver, please lookg at LSIMegaRAIDSAS instead.

Some lspci -nn' output examples:

  • 02:0e.0 RAID bus controller [0104]: Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID controller 4 ![1028:0013] (rev 06)
  • 04:03.0 RAID bus controller [0104]: Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID controller 4/Di ![1028:000f] (rev 02)


3. Management and reporting tools

As theses cards a rather old, many tools exists to monitor and manage them.
The first one is an opensource tool named megactl which can be used to report controller and disks status.

For the management side, you can you megamgr, which is a proprietary utility from LSI.
It emulates the controller BIOS from Linux, which is really nice. However, it cannot be used to script some actions.
That's why you need megactl for periodic health checks.

A Dell specific megamgr is also available. It's called dellmgr.
Despites both megamgr and dellmgr seems to work on Dell megaraid-based RAID cards, I would advice you to use dellmgr on Dell hardware.

A wrapper script with periodics checks is available in the packages repository too. Its name is megaraid-status.
The packages comes with a python wrapper around megactl and an initscript that periodic run this wrapper to check status.
It keeps a file with latest status and thus is able to detect RAID status changes and/or brokeness.
It will log a ligne to syslog when something failed and will send you a mail.
Until arrays are healthy again a reminder will be sent each 2 hours.

and an initscript that daemonize script and does reporting through syslog and by mail.

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