Jul 182009

SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) functions through SNMP management systems and SNMP agents. A management system is an application that requests information from SNMP agents and directs agents to perform certain tasks, such as setting options on the remote device or returning configuration data. For instance, you might have a non-Windows Server 2008 router on the network which contains firmware to enable it to function as an SNMP agent. You can use a management system (SNMP-aware application) on your local workstation to manage the router, by viewing and changing the router’s configuration and monitoring its status.

SNMP management systems send SNMP messages to agents, which respond to those messages. In most cases, the management system requests information from a management information base, or MIB, managed by the agent. The MIB is a set of objects that function as a database of information about the managed host. The only message an SNMP agent generates on its own is a trap, which is an alarm-triggered event on the agent host. A system reboot on the agent host is an example of a trap.

SNMP uses communities to give a limited amount of security for SNMP and a means of grouping SNMP management systems with agents. Agents respond only to management systems in the list of communities to which they belong. The community name serves as a password for access by the management system to the agent. Agents can belong to multiple communities.

To install SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) in windows server 2008 core use the following command

start /w ocsetup SNMP-SC

Method 1

use one of my other full gui Server 2008 installs to configure SMNP and then export the registry key (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SNMP) and import it into the Core installation.Finally restart your snmp service

Method 2

Configure it from a remote computer.  Open up Computer Management on your machine and then connect to the server.  You should then be able to pull up the services to that server from your machine.

Method 3

You can try to configure from command line check this tutorial

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  3 Responses to “Howto Configure SNMP on Windows Server 2008 Core Installation”

  1. Method 1: N/A If I have to configure SNMP on another server in order to get it to work and then copy the config, then IMHO SNMP is not supported on Core.

    Method 2: Doesn’t work. The SNMP configuration tabs are not available via the remote services mmc module.

    Method 3: N/A this link describes setting up traps, not the SNMP agent.

    I seriously wonder why anyone would use windows as a server.

  2. Many thanks for the article, method #2 worked perfectly for me.

  3. Method #2 only works if you have the SNMP service installed on the workstation you’re connecting from. If the local computer (can be done on Win7 for instance) does not have the SNMP feature installed, you don’t see the configuration tabs on the remote server (a Hyper-V on server core or just Hyper-V server installation for instance).

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