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how to install APC power chute in 2016 Hyper V Core

Hi,

Is it possible to install power chute on the Core server so that it can control the UPS that is connected to it via usb? or do I need another Windows machine/VM with the management software installed on it to monitor the server?

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McKnifeCommented:
Didn't try, but I see no reason why it shouldn't work.
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
@mcknife

Because Hyper V core has no GUI so its only command line.  not sure how to run the installer or setup the agent/monitoring for the UPS
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McKnifeCommented:
On the command line. Try it, won't hurt.
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McKnifeCommented:
However, you should consider that this software might have a web interface / web server. Not anyone likes to couple his hyper-v host with that.
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8046586Commented:
Sharing USB on Hyper-V require special USB HUB which price is $600+
I think if you would like to shut down the VM you can create a batch file which will be triggered by Event related to the power chute installed in Windows host which will be connected to the UPS.
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
@Bocevski Nick

Yes, I am ok with using a script to shutdown the VM in a power outage event but I am unsure how to install the software on core since there is no GUI on core and I don't think the installer will run without GUI.
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8046586Commented:
:-) nice, nither do I.
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McKnifeCommented:
You don't know how to type
X:\setup.exe?

Just like that. Or \\server\share\setup.exe
It will run.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Copy the installer file(s) to C:\Temp and run it from there. Server Core on Server 2016 has .NET binaries built-in so most management software can run on top of it now.

I've not run this one specifically, but another option would be to install the PowerChute agent on the host and use a network management card in the UPS to trigger the necessary script(s)/PowerShell to shut down the host and guests. We always install a network management card into settings where there are servers connected to it.
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8046586Commented:
Installing the agent is easy, but I am not sure about configuration. I was always using GUI for it. Check this document if helps anything. I think someone should help here with the command line config details.

http://www.apc.com/us/en/faqs/FA168226/
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McKnifeCommented:
You can use the gui here, too. The core server has no gui for itself, but programs on it may use a gui.
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arnoldCommented:
Commonly, /quiet and /silent are install options to run an install without the need to spawn/start the GUI interface.

Run as suggested setup.exe /? To display the options deals with specifying the particulars directory where to store.
Make sure you choose the correct powerchute version.
There is a version on the host that you can then install a component on the VM to check with the host on the status of the UPS
Note, the complexity often deals with when power is restored how the host, reacts.
Commonly, if the system powers off in anticipation of a power loss because of UPS, the restoration of power based on last power status ...will not bring it back
Setting the host to always on.
Should power up the VMs.
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McKnifeCommented:
The comments indicate that you did never try. Installations work on a core server - just like that. No parameters needed.
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Sorry for delay in responding - got sidetracked. Will return to this shortly.
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
sorry for delay, will try to install this weekend and report back.
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McKnifeCommented:
Please come back, or we'll all forget what this was about... :-)
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Found this note -https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/5cea0070-55f0-4f0e-b727-222203bf0463/hyperv-core-and-ups?forum=winserverhyperv

Down towards the end there is a 'trick' to get things going on Core.

Thanks for the assistance.
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