Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Multiple UPSes on one server

Multiple UPSes on one server

Multiple UPSes on one server

I've recently installed a new Poweredge 4600 server at my organization.  This server has two power inlets- one that is active all the time, and another which is switched to if the first supply fails.  I've connected an APC smart-ups to each of the power inlets of the server.  My question is in regards to using Powerchute business edition to execute a graceful shutdown of the server when both UPSes are exhausted.  Each UPS is connected to the server with a serial connection.  How can I configure Powerchute to shut down the server only after BOTH UPSes are about ready to quit?  So far I have only been able to get Powerchute to recognize one of the UPSes, the one attached to the first serial port of the server.  Thanks in advance!

RE: Multiple UPSes on one server

This is only an idea, but perhaps you could get 1 UPS (say UPS1) working with the server and then get the 2nd UPS (UPS2) to power UPS1 so that when the power fails, UPS2 powers UPS1 (and the server), and when UPS2 runs out UPS1 which is attached to the server kicks in and sorts out the shutdown etc. This minimises the time spent trying to configure it to work with 2 UPS's, which I'm not sure would work anyway. However, I'm no expert on UPS's so don't quote me on that!

RE: Multiple UPSes on one server

make sure if you daisy chain your UPS devices that the UPS devices do not drain so much power that it renders everything underneath it useless.

say they output 1000 W, but they pull twice that from the AC jack.  I'm not even sure if that is accurate, but it is something look for just in case.

If they pull more than they output (to charge the battery) then when the power goes out, the UPS devices higher on the chain (closer to the server) will drain the UPS devices lower on the chain much faster than intended.  So you think your uptime is 3 hours for 3 UPS devices, you may only be up for 1 hour, plus 10 minutes for every other UPS because the other two drained to fast, for a total uptime of 1 hr 20 min.

Just an example.

RE: Multiple UPSes on one server

Powerchute will not recognise a dual UPS setup. Powerchute Network Shutdown will recognise two IDENTICAL UPS's and switch if one fails, it will then do a graceful shutdown as required. You would need a UPS Network card in each UPS to do this.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close