SNMP Managemet

Hi,

1) In the job description of Network Administrator:
- One of them is "SNMP Management"

2) My question: i)What is SNMP Management?, ii)  What utilities are used at Windows 2000 or 2003 server for this SNMP Management?, iii) Is it related to TCP/IP Setting?, iv) Please ELABORATE what should we do for this SNMP Management in the Production environment.

3) Thank you

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TimoKCommented:
i)What is SNMP Management?,

SNMP stands for Simple Network Management Protocol. SNMP would then be the management of this SNMP (which is needed, because putting it to use isn't as simple, as the name suggests). But SNMPs architecture is two-folded, having an agent and a manager. So you might refer to that also. Agent is the part prodiding the data, manager is the part requesting and/or receiving data and making something out of it.

ii)  What utilities are used at Windows 2000 or 2003 server for this SNMP Management?,

Well, on a server you will have a programm running which understands the SNMP and responds to requests. The data provided by that program is defined in definition files, which are called Management Information Base. You can extend those, to have your server hand out specific data like, like number of process x etc.

iii) Is it related to TCP/IP Setting?,

Well, yes and no. Not in general, but you can by default retrieve information about the network interface and also the TCP/IP settings using SNMP. On network devices you can often even set certain settings (if the device is configured accordingly).

iv) Please ELABORATE what should we do for this SNMP Management in the Production environment.

If you have a lot of machines to manage, you want a monitoring solution. There are free ones (e.g. Nagios) and commercial ones (e.g. InterMapper). When set-up those are able to display you the status of your network/machine-park at a glance. They retrieve information using SNMP from the machines (which can be polled by request or send on triggers) and aggregate that information. Have a look at the pages of the mentioned software to get an impression.
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