B.3. Namespace, Grammar, and Protocol

SNMP stands for Simple Network Management Protocol, but it is actually more than just a protocol—it's a way of naming data, a grammar for describing data, and a protocol for exchanging data over a network. These components are called the MIB (the naming scheme), SMI (the grammar) and the SNMP protocol. The RFCs that describe SNMP include a common set of information useful in managing networked devices. This is called called MIB-2 (it took two tries to get it right). We'll be discussing more about MIB-2 later.

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