TCP/IP MIB Objects, Object Characteristics, and Object Types

As explained in the previous sections, the SNMP Framework is designed to facilitate the exchange of management information. The MIB defines a device's management information and contains a number of variables called MIB objects, also called managed objects. These objects are defined according to the rules set out in the SMI standard.

The best place to begin looking at MIB objects is by examining the SMI rules that define them. As I mentioned earlier in this chapter, two different versions of SMI have been created: SMIv1 as part of the original SNMP, and SMIv2 as part of SNMPv2 and SNMPv3. The two are similar in terms of how MIB objects are described, but SMIv2 allows more information ...

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