Configuring Eaton IPM v1.5 for vSphere 5.x and 6.x

Configuring Eaton IPM v1.5 for vSphere 5.x and 6.x
Product Aid
Configure Eaton IPM 1.5x to
shut down vSphere 5.x/6.x
Eaton® Intelligent Power Manager (IPM)
is the ideal agentless shutdown solution
for your vCenter environment. This
How-To will walk you through the
process of linking IPM to your vCenter
server. It will then show you how
to configure IPM to shut down the
environment using a trigger from an
Eaton UPS.
1. Prerequisites
This how-to expects the user to have Eaton IPM v1.50 installed with
their UPSs already configured as nodes. Please note that IPM 1.50
must be installed OUTSIDE the vSphere cluster (i.e. on a physical
machine running a Windows OS) in order to properly orchestrate a
complete vSphere shutdown (VMs and hosts). We are working on a
version of IPM that will allow for a complete shutdown with a fully
virtualized IPM and vCenter server. We expect the fully virtualized
functionality to go live in IPM v1.51 in late 2015.
• V
Mware vCenter Server 5.5 or 6.0 should also be installed
and functional.
• Y
ou will need to have an Eaton UPS installed with a NIC
configured for your environment.
• H
ere is a video that walks through the IPM installation and
setup process:
2. Navigate to the IPM System Settings Menu
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ithin IPM, you will need to enable the “Infrastructure
Connectors” module.
• To do this, select “System” within the “Settings” menu tree.
3. Open the IPM Module Settings Editor
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nce on the system-settings page, click the link to “Edit modules
settings” on the far right-hand side of the screen.
Turn on the Infrastructure Connectors Module
• C
heck the box beside “Infrastructure Connectors” then
click save.
Open the Infrastructure Connectors Module
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our left-side navigation tree will now have a selection option for
“Infrastructure Connectors”.
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lick on this option to gain access to the infrastructure
connectors module.
6. Add a Connector
• W
ithin the infrastructure connector module, on the far right side of
the screen, click the link to “Add a Connector”.
7. Select a product for this connection
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or the scope of this How-To, please select “VMware vCenter” as
the product.
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nter the vCenter server hostname or IP address. (Note: if
entering the hostname, a fully qualified domain name is required.)
• Specify the vCenter port if changed from the default 443.
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nter the username and password for a domain account with
read/write access to the vCenter server. (Note: I created a domain
account for a user named “IPM”. This account is only used for this
linkage and allows for visibility within the vCenter logs.)
• C
heck the box beside vCenter Plugin to grant permission to IPM
to install the IPM plug-in on the vCenter server. This plug-in will
enable the Eaton tab in the C# client and the Eaton tiles on the
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8. Confirm the connector state
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nce the connector form is complete and saved, you will be
delivered back to the Infrastructure Connectors module.
• IPM will go through the connector installation and verification,
providing you updated through the state-badges.
• Wait here until all states turn green.
• If you have trouble, please contact us directly at 800-356.5737
option 2, 5, 1 for troubleshooting.
9. Build a Host Shutdown Configuration Policy
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hile still inside the “Infrastructure Connectors” section of
the Settings menu, select all hosts you wish to include in the
Shutdown Configuration Policy. Multi-select hosts by holding the
control key during clicks.
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nce one or more nodes has been selected, the “Create
Shutdown Policy” link will enable. Click this link to proceed to the
next step.
10. Complete the Policy
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ame the policy something applicable to its purpose.
You will notice that all hosts selected in the previous step have
been automatically added to the policy.
• “
Timer” is defined as the amount of time after the policy is
triggered that IPM will wait before allowing any action to take
place. In this example, the Timer value has been set to 10 minute
(600 seconds). In a later step, we will link a UPS event to a
shutdown action that will be governed by this policy.
• “
Remaining Time Limit” is the estimated runtime remaining in the
batteries. This parameter should be set to the longest amount of
time it takes to perform the shutdown. It is a failsafe to ensure
the UPS does not run out of stored energy during a shutdown
• “
Remaining Capacity Limit” is similar to “Remaining Time Limit”
in that it refers to the energy remaining in the batteries. The
common use case for Remaining Capacity Limit is to prevent
a system restart on a UPS with insufficient stored energy to
complete a shutdown sequence. For example, if it takes 30% of
the UPS stored energy to completely shut down the system then
any battery capacity of less than 30% would result in a crash. This
could happen if the facility experienced two consecutive power
failure events.
• “
Shutdown Duration” is defined as the amount of time it takes to
complete the desired action, be it a shutdown or otherwise.
• “
Power Source” is defined as the UPS physically powering the
devices listed in the “Target Nodes” section.
• “
Load Segment” allows the policy to know specifically into which
outlets of the UPS the host is connected. This can be used to boot
a server by leveraging the BIOS setting “boot on return of power”.
• Click “Save” once all parameters are correctly configured.
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11. Initiate Action Creation
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licking “Yes” on this step will automate the linkage of the
previously created policy to a UPS generate event.
12. Complete the Host Shutdown Action
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ere is the action immediately after clicking “yes” in the previous
step with the exception that I have changed the name for clarity.
• T
he action was automatically linked to the “Runtime Threshold
Reached” event. Actual timing for this will be based on the times
specified in the “vCenter Host Shutdown Policy”.
• T
he “vCenter Host Shutdown Policy” was automatically added as
the “Event Source”. This is what imports all the parameters from
the policy into the action.
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he “Action Type” has been automatically set to “Host power
action”. The parameters within “Action Settings” are the result of
the selected Action Type.
• “
Host power command” was automatically set to “Shutdown
host”. The timing of the power command was defined in the
“vCenter Host Shutdown Policy”.
• “
Host target” was automatically set to use the policy selected in
the Event Source.
• “
Timeout” is a failsafe that can be used to crash any VMs that fail
to shut down within the allowed window. This makes it possible to
gracefully shut down the host even if a VM hangs up.
By following the steps of this guide, users will
successfully create a protection plan that will
gracefully shut down all VMs and hosts managed
by the vCenter linked to IPM. This plan will
be triggered if the Eaton UPS protecting the
hardware reaches the critical run time as defined
by the user.
For more information on IPM, please visit:
1000 Eaton Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44122
United States
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