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Auto Shutdown UPS Suggestion

Currently i am having IBM x3650 (7979KXG) and i am looking for a UPS compatible with our server which has some feature where if the power goes off and after a period of time the server should be properly shutdown automatically. There is a POWER CHUTE from APC but i don't know the exact model and the pricing and i am not sure if it is compatible with x3650. Please give me your suggestions. Thank you.
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Brian BIndependant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
The power chute software is normally for windows, not the specific hardware. So as long you have the windows software (or whatever OS is on it), you should be okay. Power chute just monitors the UPS via the COMM port (or network) and can do various things, like shut down the computer... Just make sure you all enough time for a clean shutdown... and don't forget:

Set the computer BIOS to power on automatically.
Set the UPS to wait 1-2 mintues after power is restored to energize the UPS outlets.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
Alright one more thing, the POWER CHUTE ,is it free ? and i read somewhere that it should be connected with the network which is behind the UPS i mean the UPS should be network based. Is it true ?
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Brian BIndependant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
The basic Power Chute is free. It most likely comes with your UPS. If you have a network based UPS, you can also use Power Chute shutdown on your other windows-based server so everything powers off neatly.

The only version you have to pay for is the ESX version for some reason.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
So i should buy a network based version of APC ? right
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Brian BIndependant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Yes, I have found it much easier to use. I think you still need to hook it up to a COM port to do the initial configuration, but once you have an IP set up, you can do everthing over the network.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
Oh ok that's great, now the last time i would like to bother you is for a MODEL NAME of any UPS by APC.A good one.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
APC Smart-UPS SC 1500VA 120V - 2U Rackmount/Tower

I got the pricing for this one and it looks suitable. Shall i go ahead with it for POWER CHUTE ?
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
I am asking because the reviews are not so good for this one and the another pricing i have recieved is for APC Smart-UPS 1500VA USB & Serial 120V

I used that earlier but never used POWER CHUTE, it has USB port if  i can attach with the server ,will it support ?
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Brian BIndependant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Power Chute is a suite of products. However if you want to be able to manage the UPS over the network, you will need to purchase a UPS with a network card.

Note this is really only required if you are powering multiple servers from the UPS. If its always going to be a single server on the UPS, you can use the free powerchute software that comes with all APC UPS.

As for that specific model, it sounds good. As long as it gives you the amount of runtime you desire and can handle what you are connecting, it should be fine. I did find anything negative, but always look at what the reviewer didn't like and see if it is important to you.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
Tbone2k Thank you for all your precious suggestions, by tomorrow i am going to have the APC UPS including the CD of POWERCHUTE so wish me luck and ill post the results here soon. Thanks so far
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Brian BIndependant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Yes, good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much,your comments made it easy for me to buy and install it and currently working fine without any issues.But will test doing a power fail test and let you know soon. I am closing this question for now. THANK YOU
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