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PCNS Shutdown inc VMWare

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PCNS Shutdown inc VMWare

This was originally posted on APC forums on 6/2/2009


I have installed PCNS on all of our physical servers and all the guests on our ESX 3.5 server. Each physical server has a dual PSU which is connected into seperate PDU's which in tern are connected to one of the 2 Smart UPS 3000's with AP9619 Network management Cards installed.

I have set levels for the critical temperatures etc and the low battery duration each on these UPS's

I will also install the PCNS for VMWare on our ESX Server.

I have noticed the "Turn off the UPS after the shutdown finishes" tick box is selected on all the PCNS clients.

Is the way the system works that the Network Management cards will turn off the UPS once ALL the PCNS clients have shutdown including the client installed on the VMWare ESX 3.5 server? I'm hoping it won’t turn the whole UPS off once the first server shuts down!

Also how do I specify the ESX server to start to shutdown AFTER all its guests have? This would apply to a power failure and the temperature going over the critical limit.

Thanks


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Re: PCNS Shutdown inc VMWare

This was originally posted on APC forums on 6/3/2009


excellent thanks very much

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Re: PCNS Shutdown inc VMWare

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 6/2/2009


you need to do a couple of things.

"Turn off the UPS after the shutdown finishes" should be ONLY checked on the last PCNS client to shutdown, so presumably the barebones ESX server itself.

also, for help in getting the Guest OSs to shutdown you can either install PCNS on them like a normal machine, if they are bridged to the same network as the management card (which it sounds like this is what you were doing), or install VMWare tools and use that.

[here is a VMWare knowledge base article to help you out|http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=100818...]

if you install PCNS on the Guest OSs and go that route, you can configure the UPS: On Battery event for example to shutdown the particular Guest OSs and then make the ESX server shutdown based on the low battery duration of the network management card.

The low battery duration in the network management card is the setting that when reached, so for example say its set to 5 minutes, that when there is 5 minutes of runtime remaining on the UPS, it will force everything to shutdown if it wasnt configured with a special shutdown setting based on a certain event.

hope this helps!

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Re: PCNS Shutdown inc VMWare

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excellent thanks very much