APC UPS Software Network Managed

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-11
I am looking for UPS software that is capable of monitoring and controlling servers over the network vs. usb/serial cables.  I have a few Windows 2003 severs running as guests within VMware Server that cannot connect with the APC Power Chute software since there is not way to physically connect the USB/Serial Cable.
Question by:seag33k
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    APC's solution for a case like this is to buy their Network Management Card (part #AP9617, AP9618 or AP9619 - depending on what UPS model you have), and then download and install the free PowerChute Network Shutdown (PCNS) software from and install it on any computer you wish to shutdown gracefully during a power event.   This could, of course, include virtual systems.

    With Belkin UPS's, the newest version (2.2) of their Automatic Power Management Software has network-communications built-in.   Unfortunately, you would have to buy Belkin UPS units for this to work --> I gather from your question you already have APC units.   So your best solution is to buy the appropriate network card for your UPS.


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    We do have some small Belkin Units but they are for other systems not critical of graceful shutdown.  We buy APC mainly because they are well know, but I'd be happy to switch to another vendor if they were more affordable and included the network capability standard!
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    The problem with Belkin is that SOME units still come with Bulldog Plus software (which also has a Master/Slave network configuration) and SOME units come with the new APMS v2.2 software.   EITHER will do what you want ==> but the two software packages are not compatible.

    That's really not a problem => odds are you'll only use one set of PC's with a particular unit;  but you have to remember to install the correct software if you buy more than one unit and get different packages.

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