EQ Raid Test

The disks in EqualLogic are automatically protected with RAID (RAID 10, RAID 5, or RAID 50) and hot spares. This test monitors this protective shield by periodically checking the status of the RAID and the number of hot spares available, and promptly reporting RAID failures. 

Target of the test : Dell EqualLogic PS Series SAN

Agent deploying the test : A remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for the storage device monitored.

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.


The IP address of the host for which this test is to be configured.


The port at which the device listens. By default, this will be NULL.


The port at which the monitored target exposes its SNMP MIB; The default value is 161.


By default, the eG agent supports SNMP version 1. Accordingly, the default selection in the SNMPversion list is v1. However, if a different SNMP framework is in use in your environment, say SNMP v2 or v3, then select the corresponding option from this list.


The SNMP community name that the test uses to communicate with the firewall. This parameter is specific to SNMP v1 and v2 only. Therefore, if the SNMPVersion chosen is v3, then this parameter will not appear.


This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. SNMP version 3 (SNMPv3) is an extensible SNMP Framework which supplements the SNMPv2 Framework, by additionally supporting message security, access control, and remote SNMP configuration capabilities. To extract performance statistics from the MIB using the highly secure SNMP v3 protocol, the eG agent has to be configured with the required access privileges – in other words, the eG agent should connect to the MIB using the credentials of a user with access permissions to be MIB. Therefore, specify the name of such a user against this parameter. 


This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. An SNMP context is a collection of management information accessible by an SNMP entity. An item of management information may exist in more than one context and an SNMP entity potentially has access to many contexts. A context is identified by the SNMPEngineID value of the entity hosting the management information (also called a contextEngineID) and a context name that identifies the specific context (also called a contextName). If the Username provided is associated with a context name, then the eG agent will be able to poll the MIB and collect metrics only if it is configured with the context name as well. In such cases therefore, specify the context name of the Username in the Context text box.  By default, this parameter is set to none.


Specify the password that corresponds to the above-mentioned Username. This parameter once again appears only if the SNMPversion selected is v3.

Confirm Password

Confirm the AuthPass by retyping it here.


This parameter too appears only if v3 is selected as the SNMPversion. From the AuthType list box, choose the authentication algorithm using which SNMP v3 converts the specified username and password into a 32-bit format to ensure security of SNMP transactions. You can choose between the following options:

  • MD5 - Message Digest Algorithm
  • SHA - Secure Hash Algorithm
  • SHA224 - Secure Hash Algorithm 224 bit
  • SHA256 - Secure Hash Algorithm 256 bit
  • SHA384 - Secure Hash Algorithm 384 bit
  • SHA512 - Secure Hash Algorithm 512 bit


This flag appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPversion. By default, the eG agent does not encrypt SNMP requests. Accordingly, the this flag is set to No by default. To ensure that SNMP requests sent by the eG agent are encrypted, select the Yes option. 


If the EncryptFlag is set to Yes, then you will have to mention the encryption type by selecting an option from the EncryptType list. SNMP v3 supports the following encryption types:

  • DES - Data Encryption Standard
  • 3DES - Triple Data Encryption Standard
  • AES - Advanced Encryption Standard
  • AES128 - Advanced Encryption Standard 128 bit
  • AES192 - Advanced Encryption Standard 192 bit
  • AES256 - Advanced Encryption Standard 256 bit


Specify the encryption password here.

Confirm Password

Confirm the encryption password by retyping it here.


Specify the duration (in seconds) within which the SNMP query executed by this test should time out in this text box. The default is 10 seconds.

Data Over TCP

By default, in an IT environment, all data transmission occurs over UDP. Some environments however, may be specifically configured to offload a fraction of the data traffic – for instance, certain types of data traffic or traffic pertaining to specific components – to other protocols like TCP, so as to prevent UDP overloads. In such environments, you can instruct the eG agent to conduct the SNMP data traffic related to the monitored target over TCP (and not UDP). For this, set this flag to Yes. By default, this flag is set to No.


This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. Sometimes, the test may not report metrics when AES192 or AES256 is chosen as the Encryption type. To ensure that the test report metrics consistently, administrators need to set this flag to Yes. By default, this parameter is set to No.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation


Indicates the current state of the RAID.


This measure reports one of the following values as the current state of the RAID:

  • ok
  • Degraded
  • Verifying
  • Reconstructing
  • Failed
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Expanding
  • Mirroring

The numeric values that correspond to the above-mentioned states are as follows:

State Numeric Value
ok 1
Degraded 2
Verifying 3
Reconstructing 4
Failed 5
Catastrophic Loss 6
Expanding 7
Mirroring 8


By default, this measure reports the above-mentioned states while indicating the RAID status. However, in the graph of this measure, these states will be represented using their corresponding numeric equivalents only - i.e., 1 to 8.

Number of spares

Indicates the number of disks that are currently allotted as spares in the RAID.


If a drive fails in a RAID array that includes redundancy--meaning all of them except RAID 0--it is desirable to get the drive replaced immediately so the array can be returned to normal operation. There are two reasons for this: fault tolerance and performance. If the drive is running in a degraded mode due to a drive failure, until the drive is replaced, most RAID levels will be running with no fault protection at all: a RAID 1 array is reduced to a single drive, and a RAID 3 or RAID 5 array becomes equivalent to a RAID 0 array in terms of fault tolerance. At the same time, the performance of the array will be reduced, sometimes substantially.

An extremely useful RAID feature that helps alleviate this problem is the use of hot spares. Additional drives are attached to the controller and left in a "standby" mode. If a failure occurs, the controller can use the spare drive as a replacement for the bad drive. Moreover, with a controller that supports hot sparing, rebuild will be automatic. If the controller detects that a drive has gone down, it disables it, and immediately rebuilds the data onto the hot spare.