Quo Vadis, SNMP? - White Paper Part 2: Putting SNMP Into Practice
To transfer measurements and therefore to monitor a network using SNMP it is a prerequisite to have functioning communication between both the SNMP client and server. For this, the available SNMP objects must have unique addresses that are known to both sides. The "Management Information Base" (MIB) was created as an independent format to store device information so that access can be gained regardless of the manufacturer, as well as when different client-server combinations are used. In an MIB file, all searchable objects in a device are described using an "Object Identifier" (OID). Via these OIDs, SNMP objects are defined with a unique address, a name, and information on the type, access rights, and a description of the respective object.