SNMP on a CISCO Router

SNMP protocol helps network administrators to manage, monitor the state of network devices. The network device send some informations to the  NMS server to trace graphics who permit to analysing the CPU, memory, I/O… This article begin a series of many about network monitoring subject.

For more informations about basic concepts of SNMP, it’s here (In this article, we will just focus on activation of snmp):

Enabling SNMP Community string

First, display the current config (running-config) to see if SNMP isn’t configured yet:

Router#show running-config
Building configuration...

After, if SNMP isn’t configured , go to the router configuration mode:

Router#configure terminal
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End
with CNTL/Z.

We will now creating a public community (Read-Only):

Router(config)#snmp-server community public RO

here “public” is the public community, who can only read the traps.

after, we create a private community (Read-&-Write):

Router(config)#snmp-server community private RW

here “private” is the private community, who can access in read & write.

Don’t forget to save te current configuration into NVRAM:

Router#write memory
Building configuration...

Vérifying SNMP configuration

Vérifying the TCP/IP connectivity between SNMP (NMS) and the router.

Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time<10ms TTL=247
Reply from bytes=32 time=10ms TTL=247
Reply from bytes=32 time<10ms TTL=247
Reply from bytes=32 time<10ms TTL=247
Ping statistics for
  Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum =  10ms, Average =  2ms

We try connecting to the router via telnet:

prompt# telnet

Display the current config and verify the SNMP informations:

Router#show running-config
snmp-server community public RO
snmp-server community private RW

If you can’t see any line about SNMP into the running-config, remake the first step.
You can equaly verifying the SNMP activation with the command show snmp:

Router#show snmp
%SNMP agent not enabled

Here an example of this command with the SNMP service activated:

Router#show snmp
Chassis: 00000000000 (1880125456)
0 SNMP packets input
    0 Bad SNMP version errors
    0 Unknown community name
    0 Illegal operation for community name supplied
    0 Encoding errors
    0 Number of requested variables
    0 Number of altered variables
    0 Get-request PDUs
    0 Get-next PDUs
    0 Set-request PDUs
1 SNMP packets output
    0 Too big errors (Maximum packet size 1500)
    0 No such name errors
    0 Bad values errors
    0 General errors
    0 Response PDUs
    1 Trap PDUs
SNMP logging: enabled
    Logging to, 1/10, 0 sent, 0 dropped.

Modify/Delete SNMP informations

Follow this steps to modifying your SNMP communities:

To delete a community (into configuration mode):

Router(config)#no snmp-server community public RO

To adding a community, refer to the first step of this article:

Router(config)#snmp-server community XXXX RO (où "XXXX" est la communauté)

Configure SNMP traps on the router

To send SNMP traps (informations sended to the NMS server), you must entering this command:

Router(config)#snmp-server enable traps

This command enable all traps types, but you can just activating a parts of traps. Example:

Router(config)#snmp-server enable traps frame-relay
Router(config)#snmp-server enable traps envmon temperature
Router(config)#snmp-server enable traps bgp
Router(config)#snmp-server enable traps snmp

Configuring NMS host

Now, we will configuring the IP address of NMS server:

Router(config)#snmp-server host public

To be more selective, we can easily send specific traps to differents NMS servers:

Router(config)#snmp-server host public snmp bgp
Router(config)#snmp-server host public snmp frame-relay


CCO Documentation on SNMP
Cisco Network Management Toolkit page
Cisco MIB information


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