Enabling and Configuring SNMP on Windows

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[I will make this more in-depth with pretty picture and all when I have time!] The first step is adding the feature (Server 2008 and above) or ‘Add/Remove Windows Components’ (Server 2003 or below). Once the feature/component is added, open your services.msc. [Start > Run > services.msc] find the SNMP service and double-click it. There are two important areas in the SNMP service configuraiton. The ‘Traps’ tab determines where SNMP traps from the Windows host will be sent and which community name those traps will use. The ‘Security’ tab [or the important one, as I like to call it..] allows you to setup your read/write community names and grant access to the WhatsUp Gold server. Once you apply your settings, restart the SNMP service for those settings to take effect. Then, you’re done.

Some interesting things I’ve stumbled upon…

(Hotfix) The SNMP service does not respond to any SNMP requests after a Group Policy refresh in Windows Vista, in Windows Server 2008, in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

(Hotfix) Incorrect source IP address is returned in the SNMP response in Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008

Windows 2008 SNMP service only send the SNMPv1 Trap

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