Need help with Configuring a Cisco 1841 Router, SNMP Service, and Solarwinds IP SLA for SNMP

Posted on 2009-02-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-06

My goal is to monitor traffic on a VPN from one office to another.  We're trying to figure out what connection issues exist so we can determine our action plan.  Can anyone help me with the GUI SNMP configuration for my CISCO 1841 router, SNMP Properties on my Windows Server 2003 Std. Ed, and Solarwinds IP SLA?

I want to enable and configure SNMP through the Cisco GUI interface not by the command line.  I'm just not confident that I have the correct information entered for the Community String and Trap Receiver.  Also, not sure if this basic configuration is sufficient for sending traps?

I've already installed the SNMP Services on the server.  Just need help with what to enter in the Traps, Agent, Security Tabs, and any other Tabs that need modification.

I've already installed Solarwinds IP SLA on my server that I want to use as the Manager to receive traps.  The agent is the router that I want to be able to monitor traffic on.  I want to monitor traffic between our two office sites.  Also, need help with configuring the Solarwinds IP SLA screens.

I'm pretty much a beginner in all of these areas but have done a lot of reading and research before posting to see if I could figure it out.  Unfortunately I don't have that much time to get this all set up.  Can anyone help?

I would give more points on this if I could because I'm asking for a lot.  Thanks for your time.
Question by:dweb937
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    If this is a rush job then i would suggest using syslog to monitor the activity of both routers. The logs sent to the syslog server will be the same info you get via snmp.

    On each side of the VPN install Kiwi syslog server and then configure the router to point all logs to the server with kiwi.

    service timestamps log datetime localtime
    logging <-----IP of the kiwi server

    You can then actively monitor the logs from the kiwi server and see why you are having VPN issues. Much simpler than working with technologies you are unfamiliar with :)

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    by:Kamran Arshad

    Please read the below article for configuration of SNMP on Cisco box;

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    Thank you both for your responses.

    That1guy15 - Even though your suggestion is a valid one we have financtial constraints and are trying to find a free product to use

    Uetian1707 - Thank you I had actually already reviewed that myself

    I think I have the configuration set up.  Does anyone have experience with SolarWinds IP SLA?  We're still not able to connect from one location to another using a ICMP connection - for example.
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    "Even though your suggestion is a valid one we have financial constraints and are trying to find a free product to use"

    Kiwi syslog is a free application that is pretty straight forward to use.

    IF that is not the tool you want SolarWinds offers their Engineers toolkit free for a 30 or 60 day trial if this is only a small project and not a long term solution.

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