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I am looking for a free way of installing PowerChute for VMWare. The 2.2.3 and 2.2.4 Linux versions do not support VMWare ESX even though I think prior versions did.

APC is now charging $100 for the install CD which I think is a joke considering the price of our Symmetra UPS. VMWare support should be free.

Edit: I see someone voted this question to be closed, so to be clear i am looking for a free and legal way of getting PowerChute support for VMWare, by either using an older version or a custom script.

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Any luck here yet. Would be great to find an answer. –  Dave M Dec 4 '09 at 18:53

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You need apcupsd to monitor the UPS, VMware vMA 4.0 (apcupsd and perl script run on this VM), and licensed ESXi.

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I was able to download both the Powerchute Business edition, and the powerchute network shutdown installs from APC's site for free. This is the link to the network shutdown component.

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Your link goes to the standard APC download page. None of the listed downloads support VMWare ESX. I have tried using th Linux one and you can install it but the configuration tool gives you a message stating "VMWare is not supported" –  ITGuy24 Nov 17 '09 at 17:07
Interesting, thier documentation shows that 2.2.3 will work on vmware nam-en.apc.com/cgi-bin/nam_en.cfg/php/enduser/… look at the screen shots - says 2.2.3 –  Zypher Nov 17 '09 at 17:36

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