Can't Configure SNMP Traps on ESXi 5.1

Posted on 2012-09-19
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Last Modified: 2012-09-23
I am unable to configure SNMP communities on my ESXi 5.1 server via the shell console. When I attempt to run the folowing comand; vicfg-snmp.pl --server hostname --username username --password password --show, I get an error message: "vicfg is not a valid command"

Can anybody assist?
Question by:GR JN
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The vicfg-snmp.pl command is to be used from the Remote CLI or vSphere CLI, not at the ESXi 5.1 console.

Use the vicfg-snmp.pl command from the Remote CLI or vSphere CLI to enable the SNMP agent and configure trap destinations.

see here


download vCLI here


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by:GR JN
ID: 38413832
After doing this from the remote CLI, I am now getting the below message:

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>vicfg-snmp.pl --drs-vsphere
Unknown option: drs-vsphere02
For a summary of command usage, type 'C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphe
re CLI\bin\vicfg-snmp.pl --help'.
For documentation, type 'perldoc C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CL

It looks like it is not able to see the remote esxi server I am tryiong to enable SNMP on. I have also tried via IP address.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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the command is:-

vicfg-snmp.pl --server hostname --username username --password password --enable

vicfg-snmp.pl --server drs-vsphere --username username --password password --enable

make sure that drs-vsphere can be resolved

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by:GR JN
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for Narvaezj's comment #a38413832
Assisted answer: 500 points for hanccocka's comment #a38413849

for the following reason:

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Just been fussy here, but http:#a38413832 is not the Accepted Solution.

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