RAID Monitor for LSI/3Ware MegaRAID controllers

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I still manage a few old servers with 3Ware/LSI MegaRAID controllers (e.g. the 9650SE) and wrote the following Python3 script which is sitting in /etc/cron.daily and sends and email if there is any problem with the battery, disks or units. Keep in mind that scripts inside the /etc/cron.* folders are not allowed to have a dot in the filename, otherwise those will be ignored.

If you don’t have a working mail configuration, I recommend exim4 which is easily set up in a few minutes with standard settings.

Here is the script, make sure to change the TW_CLI_CMD, CONTROLLER and ALERT_MAIL and of course feel free to copy transform and combine.

#!/usr/bin/env python3
Monitoring and mail alert for LSI/3Ware RAID systems, like the 9650SE.

Author: Tamas Gal
Date: 2021-03-25

import re
import smtplib
import socket
import subprocess

TW_CLI_CMD = "/usr/sbin/tw_cli"
ALERT_MAIL = "..."

def check_units(stdout):
    """Check all RAID units and return True if they are OK"""
    units_status ='\nu\d+\s+[^ ]+\s+([^ ]+)', stdout).groups()
    return all(s == "OK" for s in units_status)

def check_disks(stdout):
    """Check all disks and return True if they are OK"""
    disks_status ='\np\d+\s+([^ ]+)', stdout).groups()
    return all(s == "OK" for s in disks_status)

def check_battery(stdout):
    """Check the battery and return True if it's OK"""
    battery_status ='\nbbu\s+([^\s]+)\s+([^\s]+)\s+([^\s]+)\s+([^\s]+)\s+([^\s]+)', stdout).groups()
    return battery_status == ('On', 'Yes', 'OK', 'OK', 'OK')

if __name__ == "__main__":

    process = subprocess.Popen(
        [TW_CLI_CMD, f"/{CONTROLLER}", "show"],

    stdout, stderr = [s.decode() for s in process.communicate()]

    alert_messages = []

    if not check_units(stdout):
        alert_messages.append("Not all units are OK")

    if not check_disks(stdout):
        alert_messages.append("Not all disks are OK")

    if not check_battery(stdout):
        alert_messages.append("Battery is not OK")

    if stderr:

    if alert_messages:
        hostname = socket.gethostbyaddr(socket.gethostname())[0]
        sender = "root@" + hostname
        subject = 'RAID alert!'
        message = f"From: <{sender}>\nTo: {ALERT_MAIL}\nSubject: {subject}\n"
        message += "\n\n".join(alert_messages)
        message += f"\n\nRAID status:\n{stdout}"

        smtplib.SMTP('localhost').sendmail(sender, ALERT_MAIL, message)