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Editing SNMP trap frequency in ESXi 5.0

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Hi, we're currently getting a lot of these messages from our ESXi hosts since turning on SNMP traps -

vmware.vmwProductSpecific.30.3.0

I've scoured the vmware forums and it looks like we need to edit the file /etc/sfcb/sfcb.cfg. However I'm unable to get to that file through SSH. It tells me access is denied. So I tried installing the vCLI but i can't work out how to connect to the ESXi host in order to edit the file.

Is there anyone that's able to help?

Many thanks in advance.
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Question by:afl_it
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Are you using the FREE or Licensed version for ESXi?

see here you can also change, Filter out the trap

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/417164?start=0&tstart=0
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We're using the licensed version.
I found that page earlier but can't work out how you connect to a server in order to run the edit command at the bottom. Any ideas?
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vicfg-snmp --notrap  1.3.6.1.4.1.6876.4.90.0.401

VMware KB: Configuring SNMP Traps for ESXi/ESX 3.5, 4.x, and 5.0

you can download and install the vSphere CLI from:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VCLI50U1&productId=268

vicfg-snmp.pl --server hostname --username username --password password --show
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by:afl_it
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Everything has been setup as per the link you sent but i was wondering if there's a way to change the frequency of the traps.

I found the below but can't work out where to enter the command in the first place!

Edit /etc/sfcb/sfcb.cfg
add
heartbeatInterval: <seconds>
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you need to login to the server via the console or ssh (remotely).

and use vi

e.g

vi /etc/sfcb/sfcb.cfg

if you do not know of to use vi, you can use WinSCP from Windows.
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Ok, I've entered that line into the sfcb.cfg file using vi through SSH but it doesn't seem to make any difference.

To test I set the interval time to 30 seconds but they still come every 5 minutes. I've disabled and reenabled the SNMP agent too.

Is there another setting somewhere?

Thanks
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did you restart the host?
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by:afl_it
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No. I did this -

vicfg-snmp.pl --server <hostname> --username <username> --password <password> --disable
Enabling agent...
Complete.

vicfg-snmp.pl --server <hostname> --username <username> --password <password> --enable
Enabling agent...
Complete.

Is that not enough? Does the heartbeatInterval line need to be put anywhere in particular within the sfcb file? That's all i can think it'd be.

Thanks
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other than editing the file is not supported, as long as it's in the file.
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by:afl_it
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It's strange because no matter what value i put into the line it seems to ignore it. Do you think i need to restart the whole host in order for it to take effect? Seems a bit drastic!

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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At a convenient time, I would certainly try restarting the host.
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Unfortunately finding a convenient time to restart the host is going to be pretty hard to do. Are there any other suggestions out there?

Thanks
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