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Overview of SNMP


SNMP stand for Simple Network Management Protocol. SNMP is a popular protocol for network management. SNMP is used for configuring and collecting information from network devices, such as printers, servers, switches, routers, hubs and so on an IP (Internet Protocol) network. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 provides SNMP agent software that works with third-party SNMP management software to monitor the status of managed devices and applications.

SNMP, is widely used in local area networks (LANs), to monitor network nodes from a management host system.

Some of the network devices and services which SNMP can monitor are:
  • Servers,
  • Workstations,
  • Printers,
  • Routers,
  • Bridges,
  • Hubs,
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service
  • Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), etc.

SNMP required SNMP agent software to monitor any network device. SNMP agent softwares are additional components available in servers, such as windows server 2003.