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Install or configure SNMP for Windows

Overview

SolarWinds Orion products use the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to collect detailed information about your server. To monitor a node, you need to configure SNMP on the node. This article is intended as a unofficial Microsoft article to help prepare a system for SNMP monitoring inside a SolarWinds Orion product.  

To view a step-by-step video, go here.

Environment

  • Windows

Steps

Install SNMP and configure the Community String

Orion Platform products 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 2016

What you have to do is to open the Control Panel on your Windows machine. Open the Programs and Features section where you can Turn Windows features on or off.

On Windows workstations select Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and install it.

Select Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

 

On Windows Server you'll have to click Next in the Add Roles and Features Wizard until you reach the Features sections where you can install the SNMP Service.

Install SNMP Servie in the Add Roles and Features WizardInstall SNMP Servie in 

 

After installing the SNMP service, configure it appropriately. So, run services.msc as administrator and navigate to the properties of the SNMP service. Choose Automatic as startup type to have the service always running, even after turning your computer off and on again.

For monitoring purposes, you should also check all services on the Agent tab to have all SNMP values available.

Enable services on SNMP agent

 

Don't forget to adjust security parameters like the community string and the IP/host filter list to your security compliances! For example, add the community name public with READ ONLY rights and accept SNMP packets from at least the address of your monitoring server.

Adjust security parameters in your SNMP settings

 

That's it! You have successfully configured SNMP on your Windows machine.

 
 

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.
    If SNMP is not installed, contact Support.

    SNMP Service Installed

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

    SNMP Service Configuration

     
  9. Click on Add.
     

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

 

Configure an SNMP agent and Community String in Windows 2003

  1. Log into your dedicated serer using Remote Desktop.
  2. Click on Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.
  3. Expand Services and Applications, then click Services.
  4. Double click on SNMP Service.
  5. Click on the Security tab.
  6. Type your connection string. Be sure to make it Read only, not Read Write.
  7. Click on Add.

 

Once complete, you can add the node to Orion Monitoring. Click here for more information or use our getting started guide.

 

Disclaimer: Please note, any content posted herein is provided as a suggestion or recommendation to you for your internal use. This is not part of the SolarWinds software or documentation that you purchased from SolarWinds, and the information set forth herein may come from third parties. Your organization should internally review and assess to what extent, if any, such custom scripts or recommendations will be incorporated into your environment.  You elect to use third party content at your own risk, and you will be solely responsible for the incorporation of the same, if any.

 

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