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Performance and Fault Management by James M. Thompson, Kent J. Phelps, Robert L. Pavone, Christopher E. Elliott, Paul L. Della Maggiora

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Simple Network Management Protocol

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is the most commonly used protocol that is specific to network management. Network managers need a good understanding of the capabilities and limitations of SNMP. This section provides an overview of SNMP. If you desire a more complete treatment of SNMP, please see the references at the end of the chapter.

SNMP is a protocol specifically designed to manage devices. It defines management entities, typically your NMS, and agent entities, typically your network devices, or more accurately, processes that run on your NMS and network devices. The information available through SNMP is organized into a Management Information Base (MIB). The structure of this information ...

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