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HP microserver Gen 8 under esxi 6.7 - S.M.A.R.T. questions

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So I just bought 4X14TB seagate exos drives that I've installed under xpenology 6.2.2-2x Update 3 running as a DS3617xs under ESXI using the guide in the guide section and configured the drives aspassthrough SATA drives directly by attaching them as physical disks RDM (using vmkfstools -z, then add existing disk)

 

XPenology is currently running parity checks, but I decided to look at the S.M.A.R.T. information to make sure the drives I just bought are ok.

 

When I go to look at the info I get the error message:

Failed to fetch S.M.A.R.T. information

 

So I SSH'd into my ESXi server and ran the following command to read the S.M.A.R.T. data from the device:

# esxcli storage core device smart get -d device 

 

I got the following info pretty much for all my 4 brand new drives:

Parameter                     Value  Threshold  Worst

----------------------------  -----  ---------  -----

Health Status                 OK     N/A        N/A

Media Wearout Indicator       N/A    N/A        N/A

Write Error Count             100    1          100

Read Error Count              83     44         78

Power-on Hours                100    0          100

Power Cycle Count             100    20         100

Reallocated Sector Count      100    10         100

Raw Read Error Rate           83     44         78

Drive Temperature             42     0          42

Driver Rated Max Temperature  58     40         58

Write Sectors TOT Count       100    0          253

Read Sectors TOT Count        100    0          253

Initial Bad Block Count       N/A    N/A        N/A

 

So my questions:

- How can I pass through S.M.A.R.T. info to XPenology so I can schedule tests etc

- Are the values reported in ESXi ok? Some of them surprise me

 

Thanks in advance.

 


 

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afaik rdm cant do smart, its just a mapping of secors, not he actual disk/hardware

you would ne vt-d and passthrough the pcie device (controller) ant you can't passthrough if the controller is used in esx itself (like having 6 port onbard controller and using one port for booting esxi, that "blocks" the controller for passthrough

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Ok, thanks for the suggestion. I'm currently booting from USB, and my esxi data store is an SSD using the optical drive controller, so logically if the controllers are separate, but I don't know about physically- perhaps could try to pass it through. 

 

I also have a P222 controller card that I could plug the 4HDDs to as well.

 

While logically I understand what you're saying, is there a guide somewhere that illustrates it?

 

Also, what did you mean by "you would ne vt-d"?

 

Lastly, I know 6.7 allows the assignment of raw drives- would that fix things? Again, I couldn't find much detail on that.

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1 hour ago, jjlolo said:

also have a P222 controller card that I could plug the 4HDDs to as well.

only if it can present the disks without using any raid (IT or HBA mode)

 

1 hour ago, jjlolo said:

While logically I understand what you're saying, is there a guide somewhere that illustrates it?

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1010789

 

1 hour ago, jjlolo said:

Also, what did you mean by "you would ne vt-d"?

your cpu/chipset need that feature

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86_virtualization#I/O_MMU_virtualization_(AMD-Vi_and_Intel_VT-d)

 

1 hour ago, jjlolo said:

Lastly, I know 6.7 allows the assignment of raw drives- would that fix things? Again, I couldn't find much detail on that.

 

RDM stands for raw device mapping so i guess its the same thing you already used

but maybe you mean "Physical" mode

https://geek-university.com/vmware-esxi/raw-device-mapping-rdm/

never tried that, my older hardware did not support it, the new hardware would but i'm more of a baremetal fan when it comes to nas and use virtualbox on a desktop

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