Install and Configure SNMP service in Windows XP, 2003 and Vista

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an application-layer protocol. SNMP can help network administrators manage network performance, find and solve network problems, and plan for network growth more easily.

Note that you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

On Microsoft Windows, the SNMP service can be enabled and configured .When this is done, you will be allowed to retrieve information from the Microsoft Windows OS via SNMP. Proceed as follows:

  • Install the SNMP service from the Add/Remove Programs -> Add/Remove Windows Components -> Management and Monitor Tools -> Details -> Simple Network Management Protocol.
  • Once the service is installed, open Start -> Control Panel->Administrative Tools(In Windows Vista, click on System and Maintenance link)->   Services panel and locate the ‘SNMP Service‘.
  • Double click on the SNMP Service to open the properties.
  • In SNMP Service Properties window, click on Traps tab.
  • In the “Community name” text box, enter public or any other case-sensitive   SNMP community name to which this computer will send trap messages.
  • Click on Add to list button.
  • Select the Security tab from Properties.
  • In the ‘Accepted Community Names’ list, click on add button, Select the appropriate permission level for the community string in the “Community Rights” drop down list to specify how the host processes SNMP requests from the selected community. Normally READ ONLY is recommended.
  • In the “Community Name” box, type public or any case-sensitive community name that you want and click on Add button.
  • In order for the SNMP service to accept and receive SNMP request packets from any host on the network, including external remote host regardless of identity, click Accept SNMP packets from any host.To limit the acceptance of SNMP packets, click Accept SNMP packets from these hosts, and then click Add, and then type the appropriate host name, IP or IPX address in the Host name, IP or IPX address box. You can restrict the access to local host or limited servers only by using this setting. Finish off by clicking Add button again.
  • Restart the SNMP Service to take effect.

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