Would you like to learn how to perform a PowerChute Network Shutdown Installation on Vmware ESXi? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install PowerChute Network Shutdown on Vmware.

This tutorial was tested on APC UPS model SRT6KXLI also know as Smart-UPS SRT 6000.

This tutorial was tested on APC UPS model AP9631 also know as RT6000.

APC UPS IP Address: 192.168.0.100

VMWARE ESXi IP Address: 192.168.0.10

PowerChute Virtual Machine IP Addres: 192.168.0.15

Hardware List:

The following section presents the list of equipment used to create this APC UPS tutorial.

Every piece of hardware listed above can be found at Amazon website.

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Tutorial - Configuring the APC UPS

First, we need to configure a user account with authorization to shutdown the UPS using the web interface.

Open your browser and enter the IP address of your APC UPS.

Example: http://192.168.0.100

On the login screen, use the default username and default password.

• Default Username: apc
• Default Password: apc

APC UPS Web interface

After a successful login, you will be sent to the APC UPS Dashboard.

On the Web interface, access the Configuration menu and select the following option:

• Configuration > Shutdown

PowerChute Shutdown Menu

On the bottom of the screen, select the APC account and set an authentication phrase.

In our example, the authentication phrase used was: 12345678901234567890

Do not confuse password with the authentication phrase.

The apc user is configured with the apc password and the 12345678901234567890 authentication phrase.

PowerChute Shutdown Account

After finishing the UPC configuration, you need to click on the Apply button.

Tutorial - PowerChute Network Shutdown Installation on Vmware ESXi

Now, you need to access the APC WEBSITE and download the required software.

Software name: PowerChute Network Shutdown

Part number of the software: SFPCNS42-V

PowerChute Network Shutdown Download

Select the Vmware Virtual Appliance option and start the download of the installation package.

PowerChute download Vmware

Now, we need to import the virtual machine to VMware.

Open the Vsphere client and connect to your Vmware ESXi server.

Vsphere

Open the File menu and select the option named:  Deploy OVF Template.

Vmware Deploy OVF

Locate the PowerChute virtual appliance file and start the importation process.

Filename:  PCNS_4_2_CentOS7_OVA10_EN.ova

Click on the Next button.

Vmware ESXi Import 2

Accept the PowerChute license agreement and click on the Next Button.

Vmware ESXi Import license agreement

Take a look at the Summary of the virtual machine importation and click on the Finish button.

Vmware ESXi Import Powerchute summary

After finishing the importation process, turn on the Powerchute virtual machine.

The virtual machine is a customized CentOS Linux.

After finishing the boot process, the following screen should be presented:

Powerchute console

The initial setup menu will be presented:

Press button 1 and accept the License agreement.

Press button 2 and set the language desired.

Press button 3 and set the correct timezone.

Press button 4 to set the hostname and the Ip address.

Press button 5 to set the root password for the Virtual Machine.

Press C to finish the installation process.

As our next step, we need to access the Powerchute web interface.

Open your browser and enter the IP address of your Powerchute Virtual machine server on port 6547.

Example: https://192.168.0.15:6547

On the login screen, use the default username and default password.

• Default Username: apc
• Default Password: apc

PowerChute Network Shutdown

On the welcome screen, click on the Next button.

PowerChute initial screen

On the Network Configuration screen, select the IPV4 option and click on the Next button.

PowerChute network configuration

Select the option Standalone Vmware Host and click on the Next button.

PowerChute Vmware

Enter the required information to connect the Vmware ESXi server as root user.

• Host Protocol: https
• Host Port: 443
• Host Address: The IP address of your Vmware ESXi server
• Host Username: root
• Host Password: Root password

Vmwre Host Detail

On the UPS Configuration screen, select the Single option and click on the Next button.

PowerChute UPS Configuration

On the Security screen, you need to enter the following information:

• Default Username: apc
• Default Password: apc
• Default Password: 12345678901234567890

Do not confuse password with the authentication phrase.

The apc user was configured with the apc password and the 12345678901234567890 authentication phrase.

PowerChute Setup

On the UPS Detail screen, you need to enter the following information:

• Protocol: http
• Port: 80
• IP Address: The IP address of your APC UPS management interface.

Powerchute - UPS IP

Now, you need to check everything and click on the Apply button.

The system will now try to integrate your Powerchute software to the APC UPS Network management interface.

Connecting the UPS

If you don't know which outlet to choose, you need to select the option named: Unswitched Group

PowerChute Outlet group registration

Wait for the confirmation and click on the next button.

Select the desired behavior for the UPS after the Linux computer is shut down.

PowerChute UPS Shutdown

Click on the Finish button.

PowerChute Finish

After finishing the installation, you should be sent to the PowerChute Dashboard.

PowerChute Dashboard Windows

On the PowerChute Dashboard screen, you need to click on the menu: Configure Events.

On the Configure Events screen, click on the option named SHUTDOWN of the event named: UPS on Battery.

PowerChute Menu Windows

Select the Enable Shutdown checkbox.

Set the amount of time, in seconds, that your Linux computer should wait before shutting down automatically.

PowerChute Automatic Shutdown

In our example, after 5 minutes on battery, the Linux computer will automatically shut down.

Congratulations! You have installed APC UPS PowerChute Network Shutdown application on Linux.