SMART monitoring drives on 3ware cards

by on Jun.29, 2011, under Geeky, Linux, System Administration

I’ve been updating my Nagios monitoring to make sure I’m carefully monitoring my server hardware, including temperature, fan speeds and hard drives, and I wanted to use S.M.A.R.T. monitoring to monitor drives on a 3ware RAID controller for signs of imminent failure.

I already monitor the status of the RAID array itself using my nagios_3ware_raid_check Nagios plugin (which I previously blogged about), but I wanted to use SMART monitoring to look for signs of imminent drive trouble, rather than simply finding out when a drive has just failed.

After installing smartmontools, I was able to edit /etc/smartd.conf, disabling the default of scanning for devices, and listing devices explicitly, as follows:

# Monitor the drives on our RAID array; schedule self tests for Sundays.
/dev/twa0 -d 3ware,0 -a -s L/../../7/02
/dev/twa0 -d 3ware,1 -a -s L/../../7/04

The above monitors both drives of a RAID-1 mirrored pair on a 3ware controller card; the -s option schedules a long self-test every Sunday, starting between 2-3am and 4-5am respectively.

I’m still looking for a good way to monitor via Nagios, though; the (poorly-named) check_ide_smart plugin doesn’t support the ability to monitor drives on other interfaces as far as I can see. I found a couple of Perl scripts such as Check-SMART-status-modified, but they had issues.

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