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Practical Guide to SNMP Troubleshooting

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Practical SNMP White Paper

If your network is spread out across a wide area with many unmanned sites, you need SNMP monitoring. There's just no way that you and your team can watch all of your gear without some form of automated monitoring. The network is simply too big, and there are too few hours in a day to be constantly driving between network sites, burning both fuel and labor time.

SNMP monitoring is distinct from other forms of monitoring because it involves the use of SNMP protocol. SNMP, of course, stands for "Simple Network Management Protocol").

SNMP messages are, most commonly, created by an SNMP agent (some kind of SNMP-enabled gear at the site) and received by a central SNMP manager (a software program, ideally running on its own dedicated hardware platform). Sometimes, an SNMP manager will send a message to an SNMP agent. This message might ask, "What is the current temperature inside your site enclosure?", or any number of other important questions.

You don't need to be an SNMP expert to monitor your network effectively, but you will have to troubleshoot some common issues.

How to Troubleshoot SNMP Issues

Do you have a nagging SNMP problem that is reducing your network visibility? Do you spend hours trying to find the cause because you're not sure where to look? You're not alone. Finding and solving problems in your SNMP implementation can be a difficult task.

The Practical Guide to SNMP Troubleshooting White Paper is a guide to identifying and solving SNMP issues. In it, you'll learn how to diagnose problems with:

  • MIB files
  • Traps
  • Firewalls
  • IP routing
  • And more.

Executive Summary

Using SNMP to monitor your network can be a powerful tool for increasing your network reliability. Unfortunately, SNMP implementations are often hampered by a variety of different problems.

The Practical Guide to SNMP Troubleshooting will help you to identify and solve a variety of SNMP issues.

Inside, you will find powerful tips for identifying and solving problems with your SNMP devices, traps, network, manager, MIB files, and more. With this key information, you can eliminate hours of frustrating SNMP troubleshooting from your busy schedule.

Main Contents

SNMP Fundamentals
Understanding OID
Common issues with SNMP traps
MIB Issues
5 Common MIB Issues
Troubleshooting Firewall Problems
Learn SNMP
In-Depth Techniques to Identify and Solve Stubborn SNMP Problems
Packet Sniffer
Packet Sniffer and MIB Browser
How to Verify That Your SNMP Device is Sending Traps
Upgrade SNMP
T/Mon bridges between legacy support and future capabilities
Reality Check
SNMP Glossary
SNMP Glossary Continued

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Looking for More Information?

Additional information about SNMP fundamentals is beyond the scope of the Practical Guide to SNMP Troubleshooting White Paper. If you're new to SNMP and would like a more detailed introduction, please read How to Implement SNMP Monitoring in Your Network: A Practical, Step-By-Step Guide. This white paper is a step-by-step guide to SNMP alarm monitoring implementation, focusing on the practical problems that can arise and how to solve them.

This is another white paper available at no cost from DPS Telecom.

Every DPS Telecom white paper provides detailed guidance on a single protocol or topic.

Tech Support

The NetGuardians, the T/Mon LNX, and every other DPS Telecom product includes comprehensive technical support. If you've purchased a DPS product and are encountering SNMP issues, contact DPS Tech Support today at 559-454-1600.

At DPS Telecom, the representative who answers your call isn't an intern reading from a script. DPS Tech Support representatives are engineers who contribute to product development. And, if your problem requires additional expertise, the DPS Engineering Department that designed your product is right down the hall.