[SASAG] VMware Server UPS Management

Eric Kahklen eric at kahklen.com
Wed Oct 17 12:09:09 PDT 2007

Kurt Buff wrote:
> shutdown for the machine that is connected via the serial port, using
> an external batch file.
> It makes sense that the OS providing the hosting would be able to do
> the same for itself, after issuing appropriate commands to the guests.
> In particular, Win2k3 has its own shutdown command that can be used to
> shut down remote machines, and if that proves unsatisfactory, you can
> use PSShutdown, which is a utility from the former Sysinternals team,
> and which can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/sysinternals -
> however, you'll want to be aware that these tools now require you to
> dismiss a popup EULA statement upon first use, though I find the
> Sysinternals tools to be invaluable nonetheless, and recommend all of
> them.
> Also, if the APC unit comes with network connectivity, getting the
> appropriate MIB and monitoring the UPS for a switch to battery power
> will allow your network monitoring tool to react and issue graceful
> shutdown commands to the guests and host, assuming it has that
> capability. The tools I'm using currently - Servers Alive - certainly
> can, again, via an external batch file. The interesting thing about
> Servers Alive (last I checked) is that it's free for monitoring up to
> 10 clients, and does monitor SNMP as well as pull data from web pages,
> so this might be a reasonable alternative for you. Find it at
> http://woodstone.nu/salive/features.asp
> Kurt

Unfortunately none of my UPS devices have network connectivity.  I'll 
definately check out the software you recommended and possibly look at 
adding network connectivity to my APC devices as part of a budgeted 
project for next year.

Thanks again,

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