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Automated Shut-down of Hosts via SNMP from UPS management console?

Hello -

I've been asked to enable SNMP on 5 ESXi hosts in a cluster, so that the UPS management console can issue shutdown commands in the case of power loss, and the UPS is running out of battery capacity.

Can anyone tell me - is this advisable? Is it even possible? I know that SNMP can be configured so that the host will send SNMP traps to management systems, but ... allowing write, and specifically allowing write that will shutdown the host. Really?

I could almost see vCenter server having this capability, so that it could do an automated/orderly shutdown of all VMs and then hosts. But -- having the UPS software talk directly to the hosts??? It seems a nightmare prospect to me.

What do you all think?

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