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You've just been put in charge of implementing SNMP alarm monitoring on your network. What do you really need to know about SNMP to make this transition work?

You could spend months studying protocol architecture or MIB structure, but that's not necessary to get a monitoring project off the ground.

You don't need to know SNMP on a theoretical level to make your SNMP deployment successful. 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 also some SNMP-specific issues that you need to be aware of. 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 your overall visibility of your network.

This white paper will guide you, step-by-step, through each stage of a typical SNMP deployment. Along the way, we'll flag the problems you may run into and offer some suggestions for solving them.

Preliminary Planning: Assess Your Existing Network Before You Budget

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.

Network surveys can be complex. A software survey tool can help make sure you don't miss any essential network elements.

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