Monitoring an UPS with Windows Server 2012

I replaced a problematical UPS with an APC 1300 VA model number BX1300G UPS. I plugged the cable that came with the UPS for monitoring the UPS into the data port on the UPS end and the other end into a USB port on a Windows Server 2012 Essentials system. After I did so, I saw a battery charge icon appear in the notification area, aka system tray, at the lower right-hand corner of the screen of the server.

System tray battery icon

When I clicked on it, I saw that the system was now providing information on the UPS charge just as if I had a laptop running on battery power, though the system is a desktop system. As the UPS was charging, I saw information on its charge state and when it was fully charged, clicking on the power icon in the system tray showed "fully charged" for the UPS battery.

UPS fully charged

Going to the Control Panel using Ctrl-Esc then clicking on Hardware, then selecting Device Manager showed "HID UPS Battery" beneath "Batteries".

Device Manager HID UPS Battery

Double-clicking on it opened a HID UPS Battery Properties window that showed "on American Power Conversion USB UPS" for "Location" under the General tab, so the operating system did recognize the manufacturer of the UPS.

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HID UPS Battery Properties

Clicking on the Events tab, I saw that the driver name was hidbatt.inf.

HID UPS Battery Driver Name

To configure the actions Windows will take when the battery power becomes very low, I went to the Control Panel, then selected System and Security and then Power Options.

Power Options

The "Balanced" power plan was selected; I clicked on "Change plan settings". Then at the Edit Plan Settings widow, I clicked on "Change advanced power settings".

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Edit Plan Settings

I then clicked on "Change settings that are currently unavailable" at the Power Options window, since otherwise I would be unable to change the settings.

Power Options - Balanced

I then scrolled down to Battery and clicked on the plus sign to the left of it, so that I could expand it to see the options within it.

Power Options - Battery

The setting for "On battery" within "Critical battery action" was "Shut down".

Power Options - Critical battery

I changed it to "Hibernate". I had previously enabled hibernation mode for the system as explained at Enabling hibernation on a Windows Server 2012 Essentials system.

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Power Options - On battery: hibernate

I then clicked on OK, which took me back to the Edit Plan Settings window.

Edit Plan Settings

The Save changes button there was grayed out, but that didn't matter. When I closed the window and then reopened it and checked the settings going through the steps above again, I found that the option to hibernate when on battery for "Critical battery action" was set.


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