MegaRaid Cards Via CLI


MegaRAID® is LSI’s line of SATA/SAS Storage Controller.


MegaCLI is the Linux console based management utility for LSI SAS controllers. Honestly its a pretty crummy command when compared to HP’s command line tool, but that’s often what you are stuck with when you buy Dell or Supermicro.

Note that I am running the 64 bit version of MegaCLI which is installed in /opt/MegaRAID/MegaCli and is called MegaCli64. On 32 bit systems its called MegaCLI.

The command below will dump out a bunch of info, but if you look for the section labeled “Device Present” you can see failed/degrated drives. In this case I have one failed drive out of 4 total drives

./MegaCli64 -AdpAllInfo -aALL

 Device Present
Virtual Drives    : 2
  Degraded        : 1
  Offline         : 0
Physical Devices  : 4
  Disks           : 3
  Critical Disks  : 0
  Failed Disks    : 0

For more specific disk information run the following command.

./MegaCli64 -LDPDInfo -aAll

Using the command above I can see more information on the drive with the failed submirror

Virtual Disk: 1 (Target Id: 1)
RAID Level: Primary-1, Secondary-0, RAID Level Qualifier-0
Size:59.125 GB
State: Degraded
Stripe Size: 64 KB
Number Of Drives:2


According to Sourceforce, Megactl is.. “is a small collection of programs for examining configuration and status of LSI megaraid adapters, especially Dell PERC RAID adapters, and attached storage devices.”  Get it here.

In my this case I am running medasasctl which makes it a bit easier to see the failed drive.  In the example below I can see two virtual disks (both raid1), but only 3 physical, which indicates that one of my submirrors has failed.

megactl-0.4.1]# ./megasasctl
a0       LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i encl:1 ldrv:2  batt:FAULT, unknown charge state
a0d0       29GiB RAID 1   1×2  optimal
a0d1       59GiB RAID 1   1×2  DEGRADED
a0e252s0    29GiB  a0d0  online 
a0e252s1    29GiB  a0d0  online 
a0e252s2    59GiB  a0d1  online 

Installing Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Linux

R710 Dell™ OpenManage™ Server Administrator is Dell's version of the HP System Management Homepage, as it allows you to log into a web interface to view system configuration, health, and performance statistics.  Its availible for free and runs in Windows and Linux.

Dell makes the install easy on Linux due via a public rpm repo. The steps below outline the simple install process.

Install OpenManage Server Administrator

Step 1: wget -q -O – | bash

Step 2: yum -y install srvadmin-all

Step 3: Start  Systems Management Data Engine – /etc/init.d/dataeng start

Step 4: Start webinterface – /etc/init.d/dsm_om_connsvc start

Your system homepage is now availible via https://hostname:1311, where hostname is the hostname of your server.

Install Firmware/Bios Management Tools

Step 1: yum install dell_ft_install
Step 2: yum install $(bootstrap_firmware)

Now run either inventory_firmware or inventory_firmware_gui to view your firmware versions, and perform firmware upgrades.