Battery Backups and Solaris - Anyone used?



  • Well it's Monday and of course I've had two straight weeks now of multiple device failures on Monday morning (seriously, I want to know the person responsible for deciding things fail on Mondays).

    That aside I have two Solaris systems that are going to need a new UPS unit, with software capable of initiating a shutdown OR if someone can point me to a method I can implement. One of the systems is running 5.10 I know.

    Anyone done this or is it even necessary. For context, last week I had a power failure early monday morning that toasted a external SCSI device attached to one of the Solaris systems, and I think the UPS might have been hosed as well being that there's a newer battery in it.



  • Yes. Very necessary. Solaris is designed with the assumption of no power failures. This is a fundamental assumption that they work from.

    Are you using a network UPS? How does your UPS communicate?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Yes. Very necessary. Solaris is designed with the assumption of no power failures. This is a fundamental assumption that they work from.

    Are you using a network UPS? How does your UPS communicate?

    Hang onto seat for a moment. The current solution is just a cheap APC BackUPS 700, and no real management software. It was implemented before I arrived last year. I'm looking at it as an opportunity to get a better UPS, possibly one to protect more than just the 2 solaris boxes (one desktop class Solaris system and one server class system) + 2-3 other smaller windows servers. I've not been exposed to any network aware UPS's before so it's new territory for me.

    Also, this would be a desktop solution not a rack solution.



  • NTG started using network UPS in 2000. APC SmartUPS supported that even way back then.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    NTG started using network UPS in 2000. APC SmartUPS supported that even way back then.

    I've asked for an OK for funds to purchase a model that can support up to 1800 watts, something like a desktop model that can attach to the network, and allow for Solaris systems to detect they are on battery and shutdown without my interaction. Tripplite is getting back with me, hopefully it's not overly expensive.