How to Implement SNMP Monitoring in Your Network

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Marshall DenHartog

Marshall DenHartog has seven years' experience working with SNMP. This includes designing private MIB extensions, creating SNMP systems for multiple platforms, and developing SNMP-based monitoring for several nationwide networks.

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SNMP ("Simple Network Management Protocol") is nothing more than a standard language that computers use to control each other and report important information. Its advantage today is that a very large number of devices support it, enabling them to work together.

How much do you need to know about SNMP to implement SNMP alarm monitoring on your communications network?

Fortunately, you don't need to study SNMP on a theoretical level to make your implementation successful. But there are some SNMP issues that are potential pitfalls. You need to know how to avoid them.

This paper is a step-by-step guide to SNMP alarm monitoring implementation. It focuses on the practical problems that can arise and how to solve them.


Preliminary Planning: Assess Your Existing Network Before You Budget. 3

Step One: Survey Your Existing Data Transport. 4

Potential Pitfall #1: High Costs of Migrating Remote Sites to LAN. 5

Step Two: Survey Your Existing Equipment. 6

Potential Pitfall #2: High Costs of Replacing Non-SNMP Equipment. 7

Potential Pitfall #3: Losing Valuable Monitoring Capabilities. 8

Step Three: Collect MIB Files for Your Equipment. 9

Step Four: Plan Your Migration Budget. 10

Potential Pitfall #4: Manpower Costs. 11

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