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Which UPS Management Software should I use?

There are 3 versions of PowerChute which correspond with your APC UPS(s).


PowerChute Personal Edition

Keep your critical home and home office devices connected. Protect your personal and professional data and prolong your high-end PC’s life expectancy with PowerChute Personal Edition, compatible with Back-UPS models.

PowerChute Business Edition

Ensure your small and medium business is protected and be prepared for unexpected power disturbances with PowerChute Business Edition, compatible with Smart-UPS models.

PowerChute Network Shutdown

Get network-based, graceful, unattended shutdown of physical servers and virtual machines, protect data integrity and reduce system downtime during critical events with PowerChute Network Shutdown, compatible with Smart-UPS models with a Network Management Card.

What is the installation process?

Personal Edition

Connect the APC USB cable to your PC’s USB port. Then download the software directly onto your computer, this will only take a few minutes. From there, the software will recognize the battery backup and connected devices. Follow the user guide for installation instructions.

Business Edition

Download PowerChute directly onto your PC, then view and monitor multiple Smart-UPS using SNMP over the network; any 3rd party Network Management System (NMS). Make device information available to your preferred enterprise management system by forwarding SNMP events across SNMPv1 and SNMPv3 using PowerNet MB.

Network Shutdown

PCNS works in conjunction with the APC Network Management card (NMC) to communicate with the UPS to protect the physical and virtual environments. Each Smart-UPS requires its own NMC to communicate with PCNS. PowerChute needs to run on a separate Windows/Linux/other server to control the system.

Back-UPS Mac OS User?

Mac OS is not a supported operating system for PowerChute Personal Edition. Energy management features and scheduled shutdown are Mac OS native features.
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