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Hi all.

I have a monitoring server with IP address of 10.0.0.10 and am using a SNMP community name of Servers.
Using SSH to the ESXI hosts I am trying to set the community and trap destination but running into errors. I can get it enabled and show the community but can't get teh syntax right to add the trap destination. Any help appreciated.
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didn't we do this before?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_28513554.html

either use

vicfg-snmp.pl

or edit the XML file directly. (it's not supported, and VMware would rather you use the above command, but some Admins do it)
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by:Jason Thomas
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that wa vsphere client on 4.1 but as the question States im now using 5.1 and SSH connection.
Anyone any ideas?
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It's the same procedure!

Your previous question was....

Set snmp on ESXi version 4.1, 5.1 and 5.5 ?

this question is

Set snmp on ESXi version 5.1?
please post the command, and output you are getting and the values you need, and community names.
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by:Jason Thomas
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Yep, but the question concentrated on 4.1 and when i finally got that resolved I didn't think it fair to start asking for the 5.1 answer due to the original post getting so long...
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(also still confused because previously you quoted)

(Hi Andrew. Yes, I looked at the link you sent and have successfully deployed SNMP on 5x versions. Just 4.1 outstanding.)

ANYWAY....

Well it's the same, you use the same commands, remotely.....

vicfg-snmp.pl

if you have an SSH connection, the only method is to edit the XML file, which is technically not a supported method or use the esxcli command which is new in 5.x.

see here

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/11/configuring-snmp-v1v2cv3-using-esxcli-5-1.html

It's the same procedure for 4.x, and 5.x, use the vicfg-snmp.pl
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by:Jason Thomas
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And I did try using vicfg from the client but get the following error and so resorted to SSH as now dealing with 5.1

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>vicfg-snmp.pl --server MyServer --username root IPAddress@162 -c MyCommunityName
Enter password:
Changing community list to: MyCommunityName...
Can't locate object method "fault_string" via package "Can't call method "Reconf
igureSnmpAgent" on an undefined value at C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vS
phere CLI\bin\vicfg-snmp.pl line 241, <STDIN> line 1.
" (perhaps you forgot to load "Can't call method "ReconfigureSnmpAgent" on an un
defined value at C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin\vicfg-snmp
.pl line 241, <STDIN> line 1.
"?) at C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin\vicfg-snmp.pl line 2
43, <STDIN> line 1.

End Disconnect
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4.1 is working and i thought 5x was too but nope. It displays the community name correctly but not the trap destination
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So, which do you want to use.....

SSH and esxcli or vicfg-snmp.pl ?
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does this work ?

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

and return

Current SNMP agent settings:
Enabled  : 0
UDP port : 161

Communities :

Notification targets :

Options :
EnvEventSource=indications
loglevel=info
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C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>

vicfg-snmp.pl --server 192.168.1.50 --username root --password donald -c public -t 192.168.1.1/public

Changing community list to: public...
Complete.
Changing notification(trap) targets list to: 192.168.1.1/public...
Complete.

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>

if the pl script is not running, use the escli at the console.
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I can;t use vicfg-snmp.pl from the client as I get the error above and i get this for all 4 hosts.
If i try using esxcli from SSH it just errors stating no such option --server.

All i need is the syntax from SSH to add a community name of "Inf_System" to a target address of 10.0.0.10

I try running "esxcli system snmp set -c Inf_System" And it returns "Community string was not specified in trap target 10.0.0.10.
So i run  "esxcli system snmp set -c Inf_Server -t 10.1.50.71/Inf_Server" and i get the same cr*ppy message

I've googled the hell out of it but can't get around the error.
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It would appear, that the vicfg-snmp.pl is having issue setting the commands, it's possible you may have a different vCLI commands.

let me have a look.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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if you issue the following does it work?

esxcli system snmp get

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it should return....

/etc/vmware # esxcli system snmp get
   Authentication:
   Communities:
   Enable: false
   Engineid:
   Hwsrc: indications
   Loglevel: info
   Notraps:
   Port: 161
   Privacy:
   Remoteusers:
   Syscontact:
   Syslocation:
   Targets:
   Users:
   V3targets:

if it does not, I think your snmp.xml may be corrupted.

this works

esxcli system snmp set -c Int_System -t 10.0.0.10/Inf_System

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/etc/vmware # esxcli system snmp get
   Authentication:
   Communities: Int_System
   Enable: false
   Engineid:
   Hwsrc: indications
   Loglevel: info
   Notraps:
   Port: 161
   Privacy:
   Remoteusers:
   Syscontact:
   Syslocation:
   Targets: 10.0.0.10@162 Inf_System
   Users:
   V3targets:
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