Installation and Software
RAID Monitoring and Configuration with an Intel or LSI RAID Card
Intel and LSI RAID cards provide tools for RAID system monitoring and configuration. There are various CLI and GUI tools which can be used when an operating system is running, as well as RAID BIOS tools which can only be used when the operating system is not running.
The most useful GUI tool is the Intel RAID Web Console 2 (or, LSI MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM), which is in essence the same product). This tool can be installed on a Windows based system and provide health reporting, alerting and configuration functionality for the local system as well as remote systems.
VMWare ESXi does not support the installation of GUI utilities directly on the host, or into the VMWare VCenter server or VSphere client. However, the Windows RAID Web Console 2 (RWC) installed onto a separate physical Windows system, or running on a Windows Guest operating system inside the VMWare ESXi host, can connect to management agents installed inside ESXi.
Downloads - you will need:
You should now have the following links or shortcuts, or similar, on your Windows desktop:
(You may have links to the VMWare web client or VSpere client on this guest or physical machine, but these can be located on a different machine).
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/vmware-esx-provider-lsiprovider.vib --no-sig-check
esxcli software vib list
To disable the firewall
esxcli network firewall set --enabled false
esxcli network firewall set --enabled true
The Intel RWC 2 / LSI MSM software prefers to use multicast requests, although in RWC2 version 12 and MSM version 5.3 this was apparently fixed. ESXi will only respond to unicast requests.
When you have been able to Discover the Host, you should be able to login. The username and password required are the root username and password of the ESXi Host.
The Intel RWC 2 / LSI MSM connected to an ESXi host allows you to carry out most normal function, including drive rebuilds, hot-spare configuration, and even Firmware updates (although, as with a Windows system, this requires a reboot to take effect). You can also configure email alerting.
Some of the logging options are reduced. For example, controller events that occur before the SMIS provider has loaded inside ESXi are not available.
The SLP Unicast to Multicast Proxy workaround is used to enabled Intel RAID Web Console 2 (RWC) / LSI Megaraid Storage Manager (MSM) to communicate with the SMIS management component on ESXi 5.x Host systems.
This Proxy component runs from an Administrative command prompt.
If you require email alerting or constant access to RWC 2 / MSM components, it is necessary to keep this proxy component running. Logging out from from the session that contains the command prompt running the proxy will normally shut it down.
Solution - Install SLP-Helper as a Service
The solution is to run the SLP-Helper as a service using a third party component.
Credit: Credit for the utility to run the SLP Helper utility as a service goes to http://nssm.cc/
The service should be started automatically upon installation.
Remember: You only need one copy of SLP_HELPER running per IP subnet or VLAN. You do not need one per host if all of your hosts are on the same subnet and VLAN. It is recommended to install SLP_HELPER on the machine that is running the Intel RWC 2 / LSI MSM components.
Starting and Stopping the Service
After installing SLP_HELPER, the service should be started automatically. However to check that the service is started, or to start or stop the service manually, follow the instructions below.
To uninstall the service, use the uninstall_slp-helper_service.bat file. This will stop and remove the service.