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Internetworking Technologies Handbook, Fourth Edition by Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Chapter 58. Simple Network Management Protocol

Objectives

  • Discuss the SNMP Management Information Base.

  • Describe SNMP versions 1, 2, and 3.

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an application layer protocol that facilitates the exchange of management information between network devices. It is part of the TCP/IP protocol suite. SNMP is defined in several RFCs that are part of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards. SNMP lets network administrators monitor, configure, and troubleshoot the network and plan for network growth.

The RFC documents that define SNMP makes very clear the intention to keep SNMP as simple as possible and to make it relatively inexpensive to deploy a minimal conforming implementation. Therefore, SNMP does not ...

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