UPS Battery Backup / UPS for VMware ESXi 5.5

 I am looking for a battery backup unit which is capable of shutting down three VMs in my VMware host/DELL T320 PowerEdge Server. These three VMs are in automatic startup/shutdown list. I also have one 48 port Gigabit Switch, one 24 port PoE Gigabit Switch but they don't need to be on battery backup side. They just need to be protected against power surge.
 I read an EE article with ID: 27544852.

 and understand that you can run a command to shutdown the VMs.

But not sure what brand/model of UPS to buy. In the past, I have used APC, Tripp Lite and Belkins UPS products in the past. I like to find something under $500 that has LCD panel and capable of sending commands to ESXi 5.5 (paid version) to shut down VMs in case of power failure.

Thank you in advance.
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APC will do the trick, but you need to buy the optional network management card.

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This is possible with APC's with their powerchute software. (

Of course now you have to find an APC UPS with the powerchute software that falls within your budget.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Your network switches will need to be on UPS, because how can the network signal reach the UPS, using a network management card!

So how much runtime, and what VA.Watts is required?

Total up watts of all the network switches and server!

I would no longer recommend APC as a solution for VMware vSphere, they are many years behind the development curve.

$500 is not going to purchase much, a network management card, will be half that cost.

I would recommend Eaton UPS.

If you want a APC solution, and use their free Network Shutdown Software, see here, you will also need a Smaprt UPS, and a Network Management card.

other solutions are possible with USB, and scripts.

Since APC have been acquired by Schnieder!
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Do I have to buy "optional network management card"?
Is there a brand/model that does not require "optional network management card"?
sgleeAuthor Commented:
I searched for "APC UPS Network Management Card" on Ebay and they are ton of them I can buy under $100. That is not bad except there are so many versions - AP9617 AP9619  AP9606 AP9630 AP9631. Which ones should I consider?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, for the APC solution you need

1. Network Management Card

2. APC Smart-UPS

3. Network Management Software

if you do not want to use network management card, you are back to SCRIPTS and USB!

The latest cards are models


sgleeAuthor Commented:
 (1) Something like Smart APC UPS SMT750 will work with Network Management Card2(AP9618)
 (2) Is Network Management Software free or should I buy one?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Smart APC UPS SMT750 - yes all smart ups support the network management card, and sometimes, you can purchase bundles that it includes it.

Network Management Software free  - free download from APC.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
Say I have SMT750 with network card.
(1) Do I install Network Management Software on each VM?
(2) I am curious how it (shutdown procedure) works in virtual environment? I have three VMs in automatic shutdown / startup configuration. Does Network Management Software tell ESXi host that it is time to shutdown or restart?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You actually need to install the network management software on the vMA appliance, which you need to install/import.

this communicates with the network managerment card in the UPS.

the VMA, instructs the hosts to shutdown.

see here
Anrew Hancock is right, you don't install the software agent in the VM because this will only shut down the VM and not the ESX host. The vMA appliance will shut down the host. If the guests are in the startup/shutdown list, they are also shut down first.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
Thank you all.
sgleeAuthor Commented:

What EATON model UPS would you recommend that is comparable to APC  SMT750 with AP9630?
Is EATON a reputable company (since I have never heard of them before)?
Do they have good customer service for tech support and warranty return/exchange?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, we don't use APC any more! Good Customer Service and Technical Support.

I do not work for Eaton, I would suggest you contact them, and they will cross-match the APC  SMT750 & AP9630, for an Eaton UPS.

I would think a 5PX with Network Management card, but Eaton will ask you what power requirements you have.

see here
sgleeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the information. I will follow up with Eaton.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
vMA installed in VSphere ClientAPC Management InterfaceI finally have an APC SMT750 UPS unit with Network Management Card/AP9630 installed.
I can access Network Management Card AP9630 by IP address of
I also  download OVF  template for vSphere Management Assistant in vSphere Client.
In vShpere client, I have arranged VMs in Automatic Startup/Shutdown.

What do I do next?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to follow the instructions, I posted from the APC website, which explains, step by step how to configure this all.

Have you read the manual?
sgleeAuthor Commented:
Which link are you referring to?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
sgleeAuthor Commented:
Both links results in error.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Please note this question is closed, if you have any specific issues about the configuration....please post a new question, and myself or other experts will be glad to assist.
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