13.1. A Quick Note on Terminology

Here is a quick tour of the most basic concepts and terms you will need in order to understand the material in this chapter. For a complete introduction to SNMP concepts and terminology, see Appendix B.

SNMP is a protocol designed to facilitate the reading and writing of small amounts of information over a network, like single numbers and character strings. You would not use SNMP for large volumes of data, like file transfer.

A read operation in SNMP is called a GET, while a write is called a SET. The target of a SET or GET operation is called an object. An object is like a field in a database record.

SNMP treats objects as if they were organized into a single large database called the Management Information Base ...

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