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  • 1.  VMWare APC UPS Network Shutdown

    Posted May 25, 2015 01:54 PM

    Hi Guys

    We are installing a HP server running VMware with two VM's running server 2012. We have an APC smart UPS with network card and I would like to know how we can configure the APC software to first shutdown each VM correctly and then the physical sever.


  • 2.  RE: VMWare APC UPS Network Shutdown

    Posted May 25, 2015 07:59 PM


    best approach is to use the virtaul aplliance provided by APC "PowerChute Network Shutdown v4.0 for Virtualization" (ESXi flavour), see: Software / Firmware

    Configure the network card to your needs, e.g. give it a static IP which is reachble from inside the virtual appliance/VMWare.

    Afterwards deploy the OVA/OVF included in the tar.gz in VMWare and copnfigure it afterwards on the console of the VM.

    Thereafter a web interface for the appliance is up and running where you can configure your shutdown events.

    Documentation and further information is found here:

    Only thing I'm not sure about is if v4.0 is already tested with VMWare 6, but generally it should work.

    You anyway have to configure your host's startup/shutdown settings (according to the 2 Win 2012 VMs) for the appliance to work as expected.


  • 3.  RE: VMWare APC UPS Network Shutdown

    Posted May 28, 2015 11:03 AM

    Thanks for the detailed reply.

    We are currently using the free version of ESXI, would we be able to use the above method to shut down our VMs & host?

  • 4.  RE: VMWare APC UPS Network Shutdown
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    Posted May 28, 2015 11:37 AM

    Never tried myself, but I guess that won't work. I remember some scripted solution making use of PuTTY/plink, but can't find back the page right now. Maybe this helps: No Joke IT: Shut down ESXi 5.1 guest VMs and the host (free edition) via SSH - the easy way!

    Here's another approach, but I'm not sure if this works with free license either: Graceful UPS shutdowns for your ESXi server with Centos | The Helpful Hacker

  • 5.  RE: VMWare APC UPS Network Shutdown

    Posted Apr 05, 2016 01:02 PM

    Hey folks,

    we encountered this issue with numerous of our clients, too. At a point we have been annoyed by scripts and unsafe workarounds, so we developed a ready-to-go solution, which can handle almost any UPS (even those without network card).

    It´s possible to control ESXi, Windows, Linux servers with a single installation (no agents) and the software can shutdown your multi-layer VM servers in the order you wish.

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