VMWare APC UPS Network Shutdown

Hi Guys

We are installing a HP server running VMware with two VM's running server 2012. We have an APC smart UPS with network card and I would like to know how we can configure the APC software to first shutdown each VM correctly and then the physical sever.

Thanks
Daniel BertoloneAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will need to download the free APC Network Shutdown Software, and correctly configure it.

Installation Guide in step by step fashion is here

http://www.apcmedia.com/salestools/PMAR-9HBK44/PMAR-9HBK44_R2_EN.pdf

http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=SFPCNS40&tab=documentation

This is a Licensed version e.g. PAID for license, e.g. money sent to VMware for your ESXi server, because it does not work with the FREE version.

see here

Installing the APC Powerchute Network Shutdown software on VMware ESXi hosts (1007036)

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Daniel BertoloneAuthor Commented:
Hi Andrew

Thanks for posting the links. Just to confirm the first links displayed work with the free version of ESXI and the final link with the paid version?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm afraid not, if you have the FREE version of ESXi you cannot use APC Network Shutdown Software, you will have to define another homebrew method.

The purchase of VMware vSphere Essentials only $700 would be recommended.

Here is another method which works for ESXi free.

http://www.nojokeit.com/2012/11/graceful-shutdown-of-esxi-51-host-free.html
Daniel BertoloneAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew,

I Imagine the integration just works with vsphere directly at the root level as opposed to the homebrew methods which I'm reading about requiring scripts etc.

If I have already setup my ESXI environment & vms using the free version, am I able to upgrade VMware without to much difficulty?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I Imagine the integration just works with vsphere directly at the root level as opposed to the homebrew methods which I'm reading about requiring scripts etc.

APC Network Shutdown works with the VMA appliance.

If I have already setup my ESXI environment & vms using the free version, am I able to upgrade VMware without to much difficulty?

Your purchase a license and add it, just like you did the FREE License, and the Licensed APIs are enabled! - Simply does not affect VMs.
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