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USB UPS and ESXi

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I just set up an ESXi 4.1 host, and have an APC Back-UPS XS 1500. This UPS only has an RJ45 to USB console cable to monitor it's status. Unfortunately it does not have a NIC to support LAN based shutdown commands. Is there any way to get the ESXi host to see this device and perform a graceful shutdown if needed? I have plugged in the UPS and rebooted the host, but have no idea where to go from there.

Brand new to ESX. All I could find was USB passthrough (which doesn't list the device, by the way).
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I dont believe so. You may have to get a LAN card if supported or a different UPS
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 63 total points
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Ah, that was going to be my solution, to use USB pass tru' to a Virtual Machine, and script a shutdown that way. But without pass thru, you'll need to use a Smart UPS with a Network Monitor card.
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Oh well. Didn't know if someone managed to get it going or not. The solutions I found digging through the web eventually came back to needing an APC NIC of some kind.
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