SNMP and Switches

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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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    Accepted Solution

    You have to have an SNMP trap receiver.  You'd have to have this running on your server.  I would also recommend putting in a Syslog Server app.  Then, perhaps you can put both types of messages into an SQL database and use a DB as a front end to query - such as Microsoft Access.

    Take a look at Solar Winds - their Engineers Edition comes with a basic SNMP trap receiver program and Orion is the app that monitors your network.  Once installed, you can access your stats through a web page interface and configure alerting on key events. etc.

    Author Comment

    How would I go about setting the SNMP trap receiver and Syslog Server app up?
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    Expert Comment

    Check out Kiwi Syslog Daemon:

    You can use the free features, or unlock the advanced stuff for $99.00
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    orion is very good tool..if you are looking for open source then you may want to consider a Linux based server for this...otherwise you can try these windows based products

    I agree with Pseudocyber on Syslog..personally i am using kiwisyslog and its good..however if i am not wrong winsyslog is another product with these two features(snmp trap receiver & Syslog) might wanna give a try too..

    Author Comment

    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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