Is there any normal procedure to setup a APC UPS, say how to setup a UPS and password ? Any interface to tell the current battery status, and how to stimulate a testing for power shortage in order to test whether my server can shutdown in time or not ?

Is there a way to trigger the server to shutdown (VMware & WIndow server) ? Is there a setting to configure on the UPS or on the server ?

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Luis MouraCommented:
You can access to Ups by IP, and manage some things.
Luis MouraCommented:
Sorry forgot to tell, on Managemment website of your APC UPS (ip) you can test this things, and check the status.
For shutdown machines, you can, but you need to install software from APC site.

I don't know if it's need to all models.
Which app uPs? There are different types. Is it an individual 1500VA or larger?
The smaller ones usually connect to the server via Usb and installing the powerchute app...
If there is a network connection on the APC (make sure it is a network and not a console/aux port for a serial connection via RJ45)
Some have a special APC, serial cable and would need APC powerchute application install.....
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Luis MouraCommented:
My APC is the larger, but you can check your model.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The smart way to setup your APC UPS is as follows....

If this is a Smart-UPS, purchase the optional UPS Network Management Cards - UPS Network Management Card 2


Install this in your UPS.

and then download the free APC Network Management Shutdown Software, which is now FREE, you used to have to purchase it.

There are versions of the software for Windows Physical Servers and ESXi hosts.


Be sure to follow the instructions.

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