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Using an APC Smart UPS 1000 With a PowerVault 715N NAS System

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Information in this document is subject to change without notice. © 2002 Dell Computer Corporation. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Computer Corporation is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, and PowerVault are trademarks of Dell Computer Corporation; Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Computer Corporation disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own. June 2002 Rev. A00

This document provides information you need to effectively install, configure, and use an American Power Conversions (APC) Smart UPS 1000 with your DellTM PowerVaultTM 715N NAS system and configure the APC PowerChute software to shut down the NAS system when power is lost and the UPS switches to battery power. Rack-mounted servers and NAS systems are frequently configured so that several systems are protected by routing their power cords into a single uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Some UPS incorporate interface software to enable the graceful shutdown (with files saved and applications ended) of certain protected systems while continuing to provide power to high-priority, mission-critical systems, such as Internet service provider hosts (until a lowbattery condition forces a graceful shutdown).

NOTE: This document describes the interconnection and configuration of a specific PowerVault NAS system and a specific APC Smart UPS 1000. The installation of other Dell systems with other manufacturer's UPS products or with other APC UPS models may produce unpredictable results. Dell Computer Corporation disclaims all warranties and liability in connection with such combinations. The information in this document is for customer information only. NOTE: You can select a variety of additional features from the software on the APC Web/SNMP Management Card Utility CD. Only the configuration for shutting down a NAS system after the UPS battery power is activated (when power to the UPS is lost) is discussed in this document.

Hardware Requirements

The following items were used in connection with this document: · · · · · · · APC Smart UPS 1000 APC Web/SNMP Management SmartSlot card APC PowerChute Plus Power Management CD APC Web/SNMP Management Card Utility CD with PowerChute Network Shutdown utility version 2.0.0 PowerVault 715N NAS system APC serial port cable A client workstation or server with a CD drive, keyboard, mouse, and monitor and running a Microsoft® Windows® operating system

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Installation Tasks

Installing and configuring an APC Smart UPS 1000 with your NAS system involves performing the following tasks in the order presented:

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Installing and setting up the UPS Installing the UPS on a network Configuring the NAS system to work with the UPS Configuring an event

Installing and Setting Up the UPS

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See the documentation provided with the UPS for instructions on unpacking and mounting the UPS in a rack cabinet. Install the APC Web/SNMP Management SmartSlot card in its slot on the back of the UPS. Install and connect the battery in the UPS.

NOTE: This procedure assumes that the battery is fully charged. If all five LEDs on the front panel of the UPS are lit, the battery is fully charged. If fewer than five LEDs are lit, charge the battery before continuing this procedure.

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Connect the NAS system's power cable to the receptacle on the back of the UPS. Connect the UPS power cable to the electrical outlet of the power source.

Installing the UPS on a Network


Connect the client system running Windows to the UPS using the APC serial port cable provided with the UPS:

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Connect the APC serial cable to a COM port on the client system. Connect the free end of the APC serial cable to the DB-9 serial interface connector on the UPS.

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From the client system, launch HyperTerminal, specifying the appropriate COM port (COM1 or COM2). Enter the following values in the indicated fields: · · Bits per second: 2400 Data bits: 8


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Parity: None Stop bits: 1 Flow control: None

If it is not already on, turn on the UPS by pressing the power button on the front panel. At the client system's keyboard, press <Enter> once. This action starts the communications session. (Some systems may require you to press <Enter> twice.) You are prompted to enter a user name and password.


If the default user name and password have not been changed, enter apc as both the user name and password. The Control Console Menu appears.


Type 2 in the Network field and press <Enter>. The Network Menu appears.


Type TCP/IP and press <Enter>. If BOOTP is set to Disabled, the TCP/IP address fields appear; go to step 12. Otherwise, continue to step 9.

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If BOOTP is set to Enabled, type 1. Type 1 to select Disabled. Type 2 to accept changes. The TCP/IP address fields appear.


Enter the information for the IP address, subnet mask address, and default gateway address. Contact your network administrator for the correct addresses for these fields.

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Type 5 to accept the changes you have made. Press <Esc> three times to go back to the Control Console Menu. Type 4 to log out and save the changes you made. Click the Disconnect icon to end your HyperTerminal session.

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Configuring the NAS System to Work With the UPS


Ensure that network connectivity occurs between the APC UPS, the client system running Windows, and the NAS system.

NOTE: If you are using a client system running a Windows operating system other than Windows 2000, see your operating system documentation for information about how to map and disconnect a network drive.


At the NAS system, open a Web browser, connect to the NAS Manager, and create a share folder on the NAS system that the client system can access (see the PowerVault 715N NAS System Administrator's Guide for detailed information on accessing and logging into the NAS Manager). At the client system, map the share you created in step 2:

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Right-click My Computer and select Map Network Drive. Specify the drive letter and folder for the connection and click OK. Enter the name of the NAS system and the name of the share folder you created in step 2 and click OK. In the Map Network Drive window, click different user name. The Connect As . . . window is displayed. At the NAS system, log in to the NAS Manager with administrator privileges. The NAS Manager's default administrator user name is administrator and the default password is powervault.


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Click OK. Click Finish.

Insert the utility CD into the client system's CD drive and copy the contents to the share folder you just mapped. Install the PowerChute Network Shutdown utility:

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At the NAS system, log in to the NAS Manager. At the main menu, click Maintenance. Click Terminal Services. Click the Start button, click Run, and click Browse. Select the folder where the files that you copied from the utility CD are stored, open the Wizard folder, and double-click Setup.


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Click OK to start the installation. Select PowerChute Network Shutdown, and then click Next. Click Yes to install the utility. The Jexpress Installer window appears. Click Yes to confirm adding the utility. Click Next on the PowerChute Network Shutdown screen. Click I Agree after reading the license agreement. To accept the default installation directory (or after entering your preferred directory location), click Next. Enter the IP address for the APC Web/SNMP Management SmartSlot card. This address is the IP address you set up in step 12 in "Installing the UPS on a Network." The Administrator screen appears. The default user name, password, and phrase are already entered. If this information is missing, see the APC Web/SNMP Management SmartSlot card's Installation and Quick Start Manual.

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Click Next. Click Finished.

On the NAS system, click the Start button, and point to Programs PowerChute Network Shutdown User Interface.

NOTE: In the next step, you may see the Internet Connection Wizard appear. If the Internet Connection Wizard comes up first (this wizard appears the first time you run Internet Explorer), you should not configure the NAS system for connection to the Internet. Select Cancel and click Yes to close the Internet Connection Wizard. Then start Internet Explorer.


When an Internet Explorer session window opens, enter the administrator user name and password (the default value for both is apc).

Configuring an Event

One of the features of the APC Web/SNMP Management SmartSlot card is the ability to configure actions or "events" based on a specific occurrence. To view these events, open the user interface, click the drop-down menu below the system name, and select Configure Events.

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The settings for each event can be enabled, disabled, and customized from the Configure Events page. To configure the UPS: On Battery event, perform the following steps:

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In the right frame of the Configure Events page, scroll to the bottom of the Events list. On the next-to-last option, UPS: On Battery, click the selection for the fourth column, Shut down the system. The Configure Shutdown configuration page appears.

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Click Yes, I want to shut down the system. Enter an amount of time (in seconds) that you want to wait before initiating the shutdown command, and then click Apply. Ten seconds is suggested as sufficient time to avoid unnecessarily shutting down the NAS system if a momentary power outage occurs. The main Configure Events page re-appears.

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In the left frame, select Configure Shutdown (just below Configure Events). In the Run this command (fullname) box, type the following: C:\winnt\system32\tsshutdn.exe 0 /powerdown /delay:0 Configure any additional options and select Apply after configuring each.

NOTE: The shutdown command will be sent to the NAS system, even if the NAS system's power cable is connected to a power source that has not failed.


Your NAS system is now configured to shut down when the UPS switches to battery power.

You can test this configuration by disconnecting the UPS power cable from its electrical outlet. The NAS system performs a graceful shutdown before it turns off.

NOTE: Before attempting to restart the NAS system, reconnect the power cable to the UPS, or remove the UPS from your network and connect the NAS system's power cable to a new power source.


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