I have a Dell R720xd
Host has 256 GB RAM and 16 1.2 TB drives setup as raid 10 array, currently not in production. Booting from mirror SD cards, logs relocated to main attached storage.
VMWare ESXi 6.5 using dell image 6.5 U3 (VSPhere Essential license)
Had one drive fail, swapped it out and array is sill acring like its initializing with all drives are flashing (green) , been that way for few days
VCenter reports Critical Storage Alert seeing multiple warning System Board 1 Drive 0 0 Warning Reading : 17
repeats for Drive 0 0 to Drive 0 14
Should I be worried or is this normal? Shutdown and raid controller does not indicate any problems with drives
Not sure whats up. Hoping to use this machine for another 10 months before i have no choice but to replace it to move to newer version.
see screen shot below Machine hast 24 drive bays, 16 populated..
Have you try the "reset sensor" and "update" after fixing all problem within the PERC? In the SEL are no new problems?
You can install OMSA and iDRACTools(not sure if its for 6.5 or only 6.7) to get insight into your Server trough ESXi. You use the lightwave OMSA trough a full blown OMSA on Windows/Linux by click on the bottom on "remote node".
Have run all the diagnostics on the embedded tools quick and extended and no issues reported. Going to move forward with the unit for now and will eventually move it to a non-production role.
Experienced similar with a R740xd and Esxi 6.7+.
The warnings seemed to relate to the background initialization of the raid array PERC card. Once the background initialization finished, I had to refresh the sensors (I believe that is "update" on the flash client) for it to re-read the status and clear out the warnings on the drives.
I had this exact same issue. it went away when the large raid array was done with its background initialization.
Any way to confirm this, and get the progress status / ETA of the initialization? Here is what vCenter says along with flagging the host with "Host storage status":
... and here is the only thing I can find in iDRAC indicating initialization along with rapidly blinking drive lights:
Any other places I'd expect to see an indication of an operation in progress (virtual disk, controller management pages) - nothing.
Thanks - can't find it anywhere yet in iDRAC. (It's an r730 with all the latest patches, iDRAC8 Express, PERC H730P Mini (Embedded) with 8x 6TB drives (ST6000NM0095 7.2K 12Gb SAS) in RAID6.)
Tried all the options, all the tabs in iDRAC (Storage, Physical Disks, Virtual Disks, Controllers, Enclosures, job queue) - nothing.
The only thing I am seeing is that event I posted above, "Background initialization has started for Virtual Disk 0 on Integrated RAID Controller 1." from 3 days ago.
P.S. I did not do any manual init - just created a virtual disk. BGI (background initialization) started on its own.
Thanks, this one was definitely not showing for me:
...either under "properties" or "manage":
Under expanded properties / progress, it may have been showing something while in progress (it's completed since) - can't tell now - but pretty sure I I've looked.
But then - it looks like you're using OMSA, not iDRAC directly. There are some substantial differences in UI and functionality. OMSA is not available to me (tmk) - the server is running ESXi 7.