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free hypervisor with ups management, does it exist?

I am currently running ESXi 4.0 and it does not appear to have native support for detecting a power loss on my APC UPS.  Nor does XenServer.  I would prefer to avoid having to run a physical machine that is connected to the UPS and then runs a script to shutdown the vm's and host.

Is anyone familiar with a configuration using ESXi or XenServer (that does not involve installing a package on the host) and perhaps a UPS with a network interface that would allow the host or a VM on the host to detect a power failure and then shut everything down?  

I am willing to buy new UPS hardware and switch to a different hypervisor if someone can suggest a solution that works.  Thanks!
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menreeq
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Hello menreeq,

I donty readily hava an answer but can you enter the ESXi console like so http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/articles-tutorials/vmware-esx-articles/general/how-to-access-the-vmware-esxi-hidden-console.html WARNING UNSUPPORTED
then install the APC software for redhat?

just a thought

Regards,

PeteLong
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skykingjwcCommented:
I assume you are trying to shut down the VM's when a power loss occurs.  To my knowledge neither VMWare or HypverV support this.  To work around it we installed the APC software that came with our UPS and set it to run a script which will shut down the VM's upon an extended power failure.   This appears to "currently" be the only way to gracefully shut down a VM via the UPS software.
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
skykingjwc, where did you install the APC software, on a physical box that's also on the ups?
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skykingjwcCommented:
We installed it on the physical machine that is hosting the virtual machines.  I don't recommend installing it on a VM.
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
the way that PeteLong suggested?  or is your host running windows?
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skykingjwcCommented:
I am running HypverV on Windows 2008
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
This guy is running bare bones esxi he dont have an OS to install to?
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menreeqAuthor Commented:
correct, ESXi.  I am thinking about buying a UPS that i can manage through the network, this should allow me to load the UPS software on a VM on ESXi and detect power failure, right?
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Saw this today and thought Id post it for you - yes its for esxi3 but the principle should work http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_enable_SSH.php
Ignore the actual meat of the article and look at the APC UPS comments below :)
 
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