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Q6800020: I have a RAID configuration (RAID5). I want to get a notification when one of the disks fails, but can't find how to configure it in Network Monitor. Please help.

The operating system has access to RAID set as it were one physical drive. So, it is not a simple matter of checking a disk. A failure of a disk in a RAID can only be determined by the manufacturer's hardware driver or management software. So there are basically two options to check such a failure:

  • Event Log - most manufacturer's driver software generate an event in the Event Log. For instance, Compaq Insight Manager generates an event in the Event Viewer's System Log when there's a problem with a disk. Let ActiveXperts Network Monitor scan the Event Log for such events;
  • SNMP - more and more manufacturers support SNMP for their RAID controller. ActiveXperts fully supports SNMPv1, SNMPv2c and SNMPv3. Check the vendor's manual for relevant SNMP OID's.
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