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What is the best way to shutdown a physical server and a VMware ESXi host on same UPS?

Discussion in UPS Management Devices & PowerChute Software started by Wolfgang , 15 days ago
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  • wsachs
    Wolfgang
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    Wolfgang 15 days ago

    I am looking for the best solution for shutting down the systems for the following scenario:

    Site 1:
    1x SmartUPS 2200 with NMC
    1x physical Windows 2012 server, connected to UPS1 via USB cable (this port is required for a software application to recognize a Windows compatible UPS).
    1x VMware ESXi 5.5 Server

    Site 2:
    1x SmartUPS 2200 with NMC
    1x physical Windows 2012 server, connected to UPS2 via USB cable (this port is required for a software application to recognize a Windows compatible UPS).
    1x VMware ESXi 5.5 Server

    The two ESXi servers form a cluster, the vCenter is outside the two sites. Within the cluster, 2 VMs run in Fault Tolerance mode (1x Windows Server 2008, 1x Linux SLES 11).
    The goal is to shut down the physical Windows servers and the two virtual machines in a controlled manner after power failure.

    Thanks for any advice.

  • wpasquil
    Bill
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    Bill 15 days ago (in response to Wolfgang)

    Hi,

    On 10/5/2017 3:32 AM, Wolfgang said:

    1x physical Windows 2012 server, connected to UPS1 via USB cable (this port is required for a software application to recognize a Windows compatible UPS).

    What Application are you refereeing to? 

    On 10/5/2017 3:32 AM, Wolfgang said:

    The two ESXi servers form a cluster, the vCenter is outside the two sites. Within the cluster, 2 VMs run in Fault Tolerance mode (1x Windows Server 2008, 1x Linux SLES 11).
    The goal is to shut down the physical Windows servers and the two virtual machines in a controlled manner after power failure.

    For the ESXi hosts, you should install PowerChute Network Shutdown Appliance on each host. PowerChute can be configured with vCenter Server to power down the VMs and then the host/s will be powered down. You should configure each PowerChute client with only the single host you would like it to power down (see screenshot below) You select the corresponding host using host protection in the set up wizard and/or via the PowerChute web client. 

    In the example above only host 10.22 will be affected but that specific PowerChute client. For you set up you would install PowerChute on host .23 as well and configure it is the same manor. Host .22 that has vCenter Server running on it will not be affected by either. 

    You can configure the VM shutdown/startup in PowerChute under Virtualization Settings. 

    In the above example the VM will be powered down and PowerChute will wait 10 minutes and then power down the host. The VMs will need to be started manually once the host powers back up. 

    You can also prioritize the VM shutdown / start up using the prioritization page in the PowerChute web interface. 

    You should read the installation guide http://www.apc.com/salestools/PMAR-9HBK44/PMAR-9HBK44_R4_EN.pdf?sdirect=true

    User's Guide http://www.apc.com/salestools/PMAR-9DNLQK/PMAR-9DNLQK_R3_EN.pdf?sdirect=true

    and Application Note 180 http://www.apc.com/salestools/SJHN-92FLU8/SJHN-92FLU8_R6_EN.pdf?sdirect=true

  • wsachs
    Wolfgang
    Novice Novice
    Wolfgang 15 days ago (in response to Bill)

    Hi Bill,
    Thanks for your advice.
    The application on the Windows 2012 server is a storage virtualization software. With signaling a power loss over the usb cable the software disables its write cache.

    One more question:
    To shut down the Windows 2012 servers in the event of a power failure, I would also have to install the PCNS software on the Windows server, right?

    Is it also possible to install the software only on the Windows servers and to shut down both the Windows server and the VMs and the ESXi host in the event of a power failure (without installing the PCNS appliance on each ESXi host)?

  • wpasquil
    Bill
    =S= Representative
    Bill 15 days ago (in response to Wolfgang)

    Hi,

    On 10/5/2017 11:23 AM, Wolfgang said:

    To shut down the Windows 2012 servers in the event of a power failure, I would also have to install the PCNS software on the Windows server, right?

    Correct.

    On 10/5/2017 11:23 AM, Wolfgang said:

    Is it also possible to install the software only on the Windows servers and to shut down both the Windows server and the VMs and the ESXi host in the event of a power failure (without installing the PCNS appliance on each ESXi host)?

    There is an option when installing PCNS on Windows OS to add VMware support.

    See Schneider Electric FAQ FA311016 "How to run PowerChute Network Shutdown setup wizard & configure for VMware ESXi hosts and vCenter Server" for configuration help once installed. 

  • wsachs
    Wolfgang
    Novice Novice
    Wolfgang 14 days ago (in response to Bill)

    Hi Bill,
    Thanks again. If I install PCNS with VMware support enabled, I can select my ESX host and configure shutdown events, but where can I find the physical Windows server? And on the UPS configuration tab which outlet group should I choose (Windows server with PCNS installed is connected to outlet group 1, ESXi host is connected to outlet group 2)?

    apc

  • wpasquil
    Bill
    =S= Representative
    Bill 11 days ago (in response to Wolfgang)

    HI,

    On 10/6/2017 7:16 AM, Wolfgang said:

    If I install PCNS with VMware support enabled, I can select my ESX host and configure shutdown events, but where can I find the physical Windows server?

    The system PCNS is running on will be powered down automatically. The VMs will be powered down followed by the ESXi hosts and the finally the PCNS server. 

    On 10/6/2017 7:16 AM, Wolfgang said:

    which outlet group should I choose (Windows server with PCNS installed is connected to outlet group 1, ESXi host is connected to outlet group 2)?

    You should select the outlet group the PCNS server is plugged into and select turn UPS off under UPS Shutdown so that both outlet groups get powered down. The default is Do not turn off the UPS. 

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