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I'm currently in the process of designing a solution to shutdown a two Ubuntu Server cluster that uses heartbeat and DRBD to replicate storage and offer a NFS share to some IP cameras.

We want to integrate a UPS into the system so the servers will shutdown gracefully. I'm currently looking into the APC Smart-UPS C 1000VA 2U LCD 120V UPS and using Apcupsd to shutdown the servers in the event of a power outage.

Is this idea possible? I'm reading through the documentation right now. If you guys have any better ideas I'm open for suggestions.

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It looks like that UPS would only connect to one of the servers through a USB cable. I need to communicate with both servers in case one goes down. –  Matthew Oct 5 '12 at 20:35
    
I found this interface card. It looks like it would allow me to connect to two servers. apc.com/products/resource/include/… –  Matthew Oct 5 '12 at 20:52

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You could use Network UPS Tools aka NUT instead of apcupsd to gracefully shut down a cluster of machines. One machine would be the 'master' connected to the UPS serial/USB/SNMP/whatever port, the rest 'slaves' connected to the master. If power fails, the master tells the slaves to shut down.

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I thought about this, but with the environment these servers are in I can't do something like that. What if master suffers a hardware failure? The secondary will end up getting shut down incorrectly and will lead to more problems. –  Matthew Oct 6 '12 at 3:49

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