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The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
service included with Windows enables Windows workstations to
respond to requests from SNMP applications across the network for
status and configuration data and, if properly configured, to set
local configuration settings. If you’re looking at implementing an
SNMP management application, you’ll need to configure SNMP on each
The first step is to add the SNMP service. Run
the Add/Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel, click
Add/Remove Windows Components, and add SNMP from the Management And
Monitoring Tools group.
Next, you need to configure the SNMP service,
which Setup has added and started. Open the Services console and
double-click SNMP Service. The properties for this service include
the same four tabs as other services, but you’ll also find three
additional tabs: Agent, Traps, and Security.
Use the Agent tab to specify contact
information for the target computer and to specify which items are
reported to the management system. On the Traps tab, add the
community names for any SNMP communities that the workstation will
be participating in. In the Trap destinations list, add the IP
addresses or host names of the computers that will receive
Next, turn your attention to the Security tab.
Here you specify the community names and the associated rights for
which the computer will respond. Configure these based on the
management system in place. Choose the option Accept SNMP packets
from any host to allow the computer to respond to all SNMP
requests, regardless of origin. For better security, choose the
option Accept SNMP packets from these hosts to limit the hosts from
which the SNMP service will respond.