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Install or Configure SNMP for Windows

Overview

Network Monitoring System (WhatsUp Gold/Solarwinds) products use the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to collect detailed information about your server. To monitor a device (windows), you need to configure SNMP. This article is intended as a unofficial Microsoft article to help prepare a system for SNMP monitoring inside a NMS.

Environment

  • Windows

Steps

Install SNMP and configure the Community String

NMS use the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to collect detailed information about your server.  While configuring SNMP, certain values are already preconfigured for you. This is by-design, to ensure that your server is monitored properly. There are some settings that you will not be able to configure.

Configure an SNMP agent and Community String in Windows 2012
1. Log into your dedicated server using Remote Desktop
2. Click on Windows Key > Administrative Tools > Server Manager.
3. Click Manage > Add Roles and Features.
4. Click Next > Next > Next > Next. Verify SNMP Services are installed. Click Cancel.
5. If SNMP is not installed, tick on box and press install

SNMP Service Installed
6. Click on Windows Key > Administrative Tools > Services.
7.Right click on SNMP Service and click on Properties.
8. Click on the Security tab.
9. Type your randomized 8 – 10 character connection string. Be sure to make it Read Only, not Read Write.

10. Click on OK

Configure an SNMP Agent and Community String in Windows 2008 R2
1. Log into your dedicated server using Remote Desktop.
2. Click on Start > Administrative Tools > Server Manager.
3. Click on Features > Add Features.
4. Verify SNMP Services are installed.
5. Click on Configuration > Services.
6. Right click on SNMP Service and click on Properties.
7. Click on the Security tab.
8. Type your connection string. Be sure to make it Read Only, not Read Write.
9. Click on Add.

SNMP Security Settings