SNMP Configuration Example Configuration Example Configuration Example

Important Note:


Many of the commands in this exercise do not have to be run as root, but it is safe to run them all as root. So it’s simpler if you start a root shell and enter them all there. You can start a root shell like this:


Installing client tools
# apt-get install snmp
# apt-get install snmp-mibs-downloader
The second of the two commands downloads the standard IETF and IANA SNMP MIBs which are not included by default.
Note: for this to work, you must enable the “multiverse” source in your APT configuration, if you are using Ubuntu 12.04. This has already been done for you here.

Now, edit the file /etc/snmp/snmp.conf
Change this line:
mibs :
… so that it looks like:
# mibs :
(You are “commenting out” the mibs statement, which is telling the snmp* tools to automatically load the mibs downloaded into the
/usr/share/mibs/ directory).

1. Configure SNMP on Your Router
For this exercise you need to work in groups. Assign one person to type on the keyboard. If you are unsure of what group you are in refer to the Network Diagram on the classroom wiki by going to and clicking on the Network Diagram link.

Now connect to your router:
$ ssh (or “ssh cisco@10.10.N.254”)
username: cisco
password: <as you wish PASSWORD>
rtrN> enable
Password: <as you wish PASSWORD>
rtrN# configure terminal (conf t)

Now we need to add an Access Control List rule for SNMP access, turn on SNMP, assign a read-only SNMP community string and tell the router to maintain SNMP information across reboots. To do this we do:

rtrN(config)# access-list 99 permit
rtrN(config)# snmp-server community NetManage ro 99
rtrN(config)# snmp-server ifindex persist
Now let’s exit and save this new configuration to the routers permanent config.

rtrN(config)# exit
rtrN# write memory (wr
rtrN# exit
(until you return to your pc)
Now to see if your changes are working.

2. Testing SNMP
To control that your SNMP installation works, run the snmpstatus command on each of the following devices

$ snmpstatus -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c <IP_ADDRESS>
Where <IP_ADDRESS> is each of the following:
* The NOC server:
* Your group’s router: 10.10.N.254
* The backbone switch:
* The access points:,
What happens if you try using the wrong community string (i.e. change ‘NetManage’ to something else?)

3. SNMP Walk and OIDs
Now, you are going to use the ‘snmpwalk’ command, part of the SNMP toolkit, to list the tables associated with the OIDs listed below, on each piece of equipment you tried above:

You will try this with two forms of the ‘snmpwalk’ command:

$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c <IP_ADDRESS> <OID>
$ snmpwalk -On -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c <IP_ADDRESS> <OID>

… where OID is one of the OIDs listed above: .1.3.6…
…where IP_ADDRESS can be your group’s router…
Note: the “-On” option turns on numerical output, i.e.: no translation of the OID <-> MIB object takes place.
For these OIDs:

a) Do all the devices answer ?
b) Do you notice anything important about the OID on the output ?

4. Configuration of snmpd on your PC
For this exercise your group needs to verify that the snmpd service is running and responding to queries for all machines in your group. First enable snmpd on your machine, then test if your machine is responding, then check each machine of your other group members.

* Install the SNMP agent (daemon)
# apt-get install snmpd
* Configuration.
We will make a backup of the distributed config, and then we will create our own:

# cd /etc/snmp
# mv snmpd.conf snmpd.conf.dist
# editor snmpd.conf
Then, copy/paste the following (do not include the — cut here –lines)

— cut here ————————-
# Listen for connections on all interfaces (both IPv4 *and* IPv6)
agentAddress udp:161,udp6:[::1]:161
# Configure Read-Only community and restrict who can connect
rocommunity NetManage
rocommunity NetManage

# Which OSI layers are active in this host
# (Application + End-to-End layers)
sysServices 72
— cut here ————————-

Now save and exit from the editor.
* Restart snmpd
# service snmpd restart

5. Check that snmpd is working:
$ snmpstatus -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c localhost
What do you observe ?

6. Test your neighbors
Check now that you can run snmpstatus against your other group members servers:
$ snmpstatus -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c
For instance, in group 4, you should verify against:

7. Adding MIBs
Remember when you ran:
$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c 10.10.X.254 .
If you noticed, the SNMP client (snmpwalk) couldn’t interpret all the OIDs coming back from the Agent:
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises. = STRING: “chassis”
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises. = INTEGER: 1
What is ‘’ ?
To be able to interpret this information, we need to download extra
* We will use the following MIBs (Don’t download them yet!):
To make it easier, we have a local mirror on
# apt-get install wget
# cd /usr/share/mibs
# mkdir cisco && cd cisco
# wget
# wget
Now we need to tell the snmp tools that we have the cisco MIBS it should load. So edit the file /etc/snmp/snmp.conf, and add the following two lines:

mibdirs +/usr/share/mibs/cisco
mibs ALL
* Save the file, quit.
Now, try again:
$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c 10.10.X.254 .
What do you notice ?

8. SNMPwalk – the rest of MIB-II
Try and run snmpwalk on any hosts (routers, switches, machines) you have not tried yet, in the 10.10.0.X network
Note the kind of information you can obtain.
$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c 10.10.0.X ifDescr
$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c 10.10.0.X ifTable
$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c 10.10.0.X ifAlias
$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c 10.10.0.X ifOperStatus
$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c 10.10.0.X ifAdminStatus
$ snmpwalk -c ‘NetManage’ -v2c 10.10.0.X if
What do you think might be the difference between ifOperStatus and ifAdminStatus?
Can you imagine a scenario where this could be useful ?

9. More MIB-OID fun
* Use SNMP to examine:
a) the running processes on your neighbor’s server (hrSWRun)
b) the amount of free diskspace on your neighbor’s server
c) the interfaces on your neighbor’s server (ifIndex, ifDescr)
Can you use short names to walk these OID tables ?
* Experiment with the “snmptranslate” command, example:
$ snmptranslate .
* Try with various OIDs

                                                  ***END of Configuration***


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