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Core Server 2008 R2 and UPS

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How would I get UPS monitoring working on a Core 2008 R2 Server? Basically I want the Core Server plugged into an APC Smart UPS and when wall power goes, I want the software to shut the Core Server down gracefully, maybe even a few scripts that run for shutting down VM's, etc. The UPS would be connected to the Server via USB. However if a network type UPS was necessary I could arrange for that.
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by:Calebs_Dad
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Depends on the brand of UPS that you buy. If it is an APC for example it is packaged with software that will recognize that the UPS has switched to battery mode and will execute a shutdown procedure for you, if configured properly.
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by:Calebs_Dad
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One more thing...

You can also add more sophisticated scripts in 2008 server that will fire when the UPS initiates a shutdown.

Hope this helps!
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by:lineonecorp
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I know APC and its software but it works with GUI Windows - I don't think that works with Core Server. Are you familiar with  Core Server? Have you installed PowerChute or any other power monitoring on a Core Server?
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Still thinking?
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Still out there?
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by:arnold
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A serial or a USB connection to the UPS and the Uninteraptable power supply service running will be the means by which the APC UPS will "indicate" to the system that it is now on backup.
The issue you have is whether the Server 2008 core has as part of its minimal components the UPS monitoring/handling mechanism.

Access the services that run on the core server and see whether the uninteraptible service is configured to run.
IMHO, it would be foolish to omit the UPS monitoring feature from a core server.
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by:lineonecorp
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I understand how the UPS monitoring works via USB or Serial. However, I don't see any support in Core for UPS monitoring.  Perhaps if you have a Core installation you might be able to spot something I'm missing.
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by:arnold
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Could you check the services.msc i.e. on any workstation open services.msc, then use it to connect to the core server and see whether there is a service there that deals with uninterruptable power supply .
http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/6/3/e63cf2f6-7f71-450b-8e4a-dace88e99456/readme.htm
Seems to suggest that it works and suggests not to have the UPS connected during the install.
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by:lineonecorp
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I don't see any reference to the issue in the article you posted. I think the simplest thing is if you look at your Core Server and see if there is a UPS monitoring service. If there is you can simply point it out to me.
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http://www.apc.com/tools/download/software_comp.cfm?sw_sku=SFPCNS223&id

There seems to be a version of powerchute for windows server 2008 core.

I do not have a facility in the near term to setup one for testing.
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by:arnold
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run net start | find /I "Uninterr"
and see if you have the service.
can you run services.msc? can you run devmgmt.msc diskmgmt.msc compmgmt.msc ?
Its not graphical, but if you know the commands to run, should it not open the windows you need to manage the system?
net use X: \\localserver\localshare
x:
dir x:?
appwiz.cpl for install/remove application/programs.
control is another way to call different things.
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by:lineonecorp
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The link you provided is for a network shutdown - the shutdown commences on a different computer. Anyway I think there's been enough time put in on this question. Thanks.
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Question was never directly answered. Experts did not have experience with the product.
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