SNMP and Switches

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2008-08-06
Hi All-

Currently I have the task of setting up SNMP on all of our company's switches. I've done my research on SNMP, but I am still left with questions. First off, I need to monitor about 10-15 switches (Cisco, Netgear, and Summit). I have enabled the SNMP service and SNMP trap service on a Windows 2000 server. On the server I have set permissions and community names and added all the switches IP addresses to the agent list so the host will accept packets from them respectively. In all of the switches web browser interfaces I have configured them to send traps to the windows 2000 server and set the community names and permissions to correspond to SNMP service and SNMP trap service configurations.

What am I missing? Do I need a 3rd party SNMP management application to bridge the gap between the SNMP service and the devices? If so, could you please point me in the right direction. Does Microsoft have any management tools? Is there any open source softaware out there? or inexpensive software?  I'm not really interested in writing my own management software unless someonce can point me in the direction of some 'plug and chug' code. I'm under a real time constraint.

Please be detailed in your responses and suggestions for this is foreign land to me....

Thanks in advance...
Question by:Walkem5
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    i dont know about microsoft. But you can use softwares like JFFNMS, OPENNMS.
    for stats you can use MRTG. A better and less bandwidth hungry way would be to use logging on the switches and to send the logs to your windows machine. The windows  box would beed to have a syslog server (Kiwi Syslog would do).
    Else if you're willing to purchase something, you can goto

    evaluation versions are available there as well.

    Hope it helps.
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    PRTG Traffic Grapher makes SNMP monitoring of a network easy. Here is a list of the most important features:
    Base Features

        * Monitors network and bandwidth usage via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)
        * Works with (almost) all SNMP enabled devices like most managed switches, routers, firewalls, as well as many other network devices
        * Easy installation with a few clicks on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003
        * Fully multithreaded monitoring engine that can monitor hundreds and even thousands of sensors without excessive CPU load

    Trap Receiver for NT/2000

    Trap Receiver supports full SNMP V1 and V2c trap, and V2 INFORM decoding and archiving. Each trap is decoded and the data is presented in a typical GUI window. Supports only raw decoding off the wire. Allows trap watches and actions (execute an external program, generate email, forward to other destinations).  

    Version 5.00 contains many new features like running as an NT service, MIB importing, a discard action, and many GUI enhancements.

    NINO is a network management solution to monitor your network, systems and applications: integrated, one tool for all. Features: SNMP, WMI, Service Response performance monitoring, graphs with zoom, topology view, events, reporting

        * Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable
        * Intended Audience: System Administrators, Other Audience
        * License: Artistic License, GNU General Public License (GPL)
        * Operating System: 32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP), All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), OS Independent (Written in an interpreted language), Linux, Solaris, Win2K, WinXP
        * Programming Language: Java, Perl
        * Topic: Site Management, Monitoring
        * Translations: English
        * User Interface: Web-based

    I would go with the last one
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    I downloaded, installed, and configured WinSyslog, but I'm having trouble setting up my switches to send their trap logs to it. I'm working with Netgear GMS 7224, Cisco fox, Ciscotab, and Summit 48si. WinSyslog does have some device configuration tutorials, but none of the switches I'm using. I've looked at the web based interface of each switch and I don't see any features that would let me even send the trap log. So I'm at a stand still. Does anyone know how to send trap logs from these devices or even get the traps to be sent to WinSyslog's Trap Receiver? I've configured the switches to send traps to my windows box that hosts the Winsyslog server and serves as a windows 2000 server, but they are not being received....

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