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Physical Drive (VMware) Service

The Physical Drive (VMware) service monitors the overall status of a physical drive on an ESXi server.

If your ESX/ESXi server is operating on either Dell or HP hardware, it is strongly recommended that you install the Dell or HP Offline Bundle before the Windows Probe discovers the ESX/ESXi server. For instructions on installing the Dell or HP Offline Bundle, refer to the following articles in the MSP N-central online knowledge base:

Service Type


Instances on a Device


Supported Systems/Applications

ESX or ESXi 4.x, 5.x and later

ESXi 3.5 is not supported.

Device Class

Server - ESXi

Monitored By

Windows Probes

Scan Interval

5 minutes

Physical Drive ID

The unique identifier of the physical drive being monitored.

This service cannot use About self-healing.

To access information about the physical drives on your ESXi server, use a browser to access the following URL:


Metric Name Description


The physical drive status is mapped as:

  • Normal: 0
  • Warning: 1
  • Failed: 2

State Description

Describes the status of the physical drive:

  • Critical Failure
  • Degraded
  • Major Failure
  • Minor Failure
  • Non-Recoverable Error
  • OK
  • Unknown

Enabled State

Indicates whether the physical drive has been enabled or disabled.

Enabled State Description