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Difference between PCNS and PowerChute Business Edition

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Difference between PCNS and PowerChute Business Edition

This was originally posted on APC forums on 12/6/2013


Dear All,

As at the Subject, Can anyone help me know the detail difference between PCNS and PowerChute Business Edition?

Sincerely,


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Re: Difference between PCNS and PowerChute Business Edition

This reply was originally posted by Bill on APC forums on 12/6/2013


Hi,

As QueenB wrote, with PowerChute Business Edition (PCBE) the software communicates with the UPS using either USB or Serial communication cable. You would attach the cable between the UPS and the system and then install the PCBE Agent. The Agent is responsible for the communication between the system and the UPS. PCBE also offers the option of installing the Server and the Console components. The PCBE Server application gathers information from the PCBE Agent/s and allow for global configuration of the Agent/s. Each Agent the Server is monitoring would be install on a separate system and each system would need a to be attached to a UPS via USB or Serial. The PCBE Console is the GUI to view all the Agents that are being monitored by the PCBE Server. You can also view the Agent/s individually using a web browser. To do this you would open your browser and go to https://:6547 (PowerChute communicates over port 6547)

With PowerChute Network Shutdown (PCNS) you install the PCNS Agent on to the system but you do not need to attach a Serial or USB cable. PCNS communicates over the network with the Network Management Card (NMC) that as been installed in the UPS. To view PCNS you open your browser and go to https://:6547

So, the differences are, with PCBE the UPS communicates with the Agent via USB or Serial. You can globally configure the Agent/s via the PCBE Server and you can monitor the Agent/s via the Console or a web browser. With PCNS the Agent communicates with the UPS via the network so there is no need for USB or Serial cables and each PCNS Agent is only viewed via a web browser.

If you have multiple system that will be plugged into a single UPS and you would like each system to be notified when the UPS determines it is time to shutdown then you should install a NMC in the UPS and install the PCNS Agent on each system. If you only have 1 system that you need to be notified when the UPS is shutting down then you should attach the USB or Serial cable and install PCBE Agent.

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Re: Difference between PCNS and PowerChute Business Edition

This reply was originally posted by Anonymous on APC forums on 12/6/2013


Hi,

With PCBE, you need a physical connection between the server and UPS so they can talk. Each client needs to have the PowerChute BE Agent installed to talk to the UPS and then you install the server on one computer to monitor all of your agents and the console is your GUI to view all of the agents the server collects.  With PCBE, this can be USB or serial but not both.

With PowerChute Network Shutdown software you would also install the software on the servers you wish to gracefully shutdown but this can be done over the network using NMC cards inserted into the smartslot of the UPS.

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Re: Difference between PCNS and PowerChute Business Edition

This reply was originally posted by Bill on APC forums on 12/6/2013


Hi,

As QueenB wrote, with PowerChute Business Edition (PCBE) the software communicates with the UPS using either USB or Serial communication cable. You would attach the cable between the UPS and the system and then install the PCBE Agent. The Agent is responsible for the communication between the system and the UPS. PCBE also offers the option of installing the Server and the Console components. The PCBE Server application gathers information from the PCBE Agent/s and allow for global configuration of the Agent/s. Each Agent the Server is monitoring would be install on a separate system and each system would need a to be attached to a UPS via USB or Serial. The PCBE Console is the GUI to view all the Agents that are being monitored by the PCBE Server. You can also view the Agent/s individually using a web browser. To do this you would open your browser and go to https://:6547 (PowerChute communicates over port 6547)

With PowerChute Network Shutdown (PCNS) you install the PCNS Agent on to the system but you do not need to attach a Serial or USB cable. PCNS communicates over the network with the Network Management Card (NMC) that as been installed in the UPS. To view PCNS you open your browser and go to https://:6547

So, the differences are, with PCBE the UPS communicates with the Agent via USB or Serial. You can globally configure the Agent/s via the PCBE Server and you can monitor the Agent/s via the Console or a web browser. With PCNS the Agent communicates with the UPS via the network so there is no need for USB or Serial cables and each PCNS Agent is only viewed via a web browser.

If you have multiple system that will be plugged into a single UPS and you would like each system to be notified when the UPS determines it is time to shutdown then you should install a NMC in the UPS and install the PCNS Agent on each system. If you only have 1 system that you need to be notified when the UPS is shutting down then you should attach the USB or Serial cable and install PCBE Agent.

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Re: Difference between PCNS and PowerChute Business Edition

This was originally posted on APC forums on 12/7/2013


Dear QueenB and Bill

Thank you so much. I understand now. I will test PCBE also.

Nice weekend!

Sincerely!