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How to Implement SNMP Monitoring: A Practical Guide

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You've just been put in charge of implementing SNMP alarm monitoring on your network. How much do you really know about SNMP to implement SNMP alarm monitoring on your communications network?

You don't need to study SNMP on a theoretical level to make your implementation successful. You could spend months studying protocol architecture or MIB structure, but that's not necessary to get a monitoring project off the ground. SNMP telemetry is still telemetry and most of what you already know still applies.

In fact, your telemetry experience is going to be highly valuable during your SNMP implementation. Even though it uses an IP protocol, SNMP equipment is not plug-and-play simple. You still have to deal with all the usual issues of a telemetry deployment, like data transport, interface compatibility, configuration, and debugging.

But there are some SNMP issues that are potential pitfalls, and you need to know how to avoid them. These issues can potentially turn into pitfalls that can stop your SNMP implementation in its tracks, stretch your project over time and over budget, even reduce the overall visibility of your network.

This white paper is a step-by-step guide that will take you through each stage of a typical SNMP alarm monitoring implementation. We will focus on the practical problems that can arise and how you can solve them.


Before you start any work on your deployment even budgeting you need to begin with a thorough assessment of your existing network, to determine how much of your existing transport and network equipment is compatible with SNMP monitoring.

You certainly want to identify any potential replacement issues before you budget, or you may be caught short by unexpected problems. But equally, you want to take advantage of opportunities to reduce your capital expenditures by continuing to use existing transport and equipment.

Download the DPS survey for your remote sites and make sure you will not miss any essential network elements.

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