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How to enable SNMP on a VMWare ESX Servers

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We have a couple of vmware esx 3.5 update 2 hosst and are looking at upgrading to vSphere before the end of the year. We however have a requirement to enable SNMP so that SNMP traps can be captured for performance monitoring.
Is it just a cse of

.1 Login as root

2. Edit the snmpd.conf file and add "rocommunity xxxx" where xxxx is your read-only community string). The file is usually located in /etc/snmpd.

3 Restart the SNMP daemon - /etc/init.d/snmpd restart

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Sudheesh
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Hi ,

SNMP implimentation in vSphere 4.0 is different from ESX 3.5.x .

You need to download a zip file containing the set of SMIv2 (RFC2578/STD58)

compliant MIB modules for use with ESX/ESXi and vCenter along with

related implementation notes. These MIB modules support all ESX, ESXi

and vCenter product releases through version 4.0.

For SNMP configuration details , See chapter 5 (Configuring Hosts and vCenter Server: SNMP and vSphere)

in the vSphere Basic System Administration guide.

Ref link : http://communities.vmware.com/community/developer/managementapi

Thank you,

Sudheesh

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TomHowarth
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Read this blog post oin how go configure SMNP http://lewanps.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/how-to-setup-snmp-on-esx-35-servers/

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Blog: http://www.planetvm.net
Contributing author on VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment
Contributing author on VCP VMware Certified Professional on VSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
Sudheesh
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Hi ,

SNMP implimentation in vSphere 4.0 is different from ESX 3.5.x .

You need to download a zip file containing the set of SMIv2 (RFC2578/STD58)

compliant MIB modules for use with ESX/ESXi and vCenter along with

related implementation notes. These MIB modules support all ESX, ESXi

and vCenter product releases through version 4.0.

For SNMP configuration details , See chapter 5 (Configuring Hosts and vCenter Server: SNMP and vSphere)

in the vSphere Basic System Administration guide.

Ref link : http://communities.vmware.com/community/developer/managementapi

Thank you,

Sudheesh

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TomHowarth
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opps my Bad, forgot we were talking about vSphere not VI3.5

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VMware Communities User Moderator

Blog: www.planetvm.net

Contributing author for the upcoming book "[VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment|http://my.safaribooksonline.com/9780136083214]”. Currently available on roughcuts

Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
VMware Communities User Moderator
Blog: http://www.planetvm.net
Contributing author on VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment
Contributing author on VCP VMware Certified Professional on VSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
darkfriend
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They created a new agent for SNMP. See the following link to enable the agent. Read the manuals indicated at the end of the thread to configure the notification agent and trap setup. That should point you in the right direction. The old snmpd is not going to work at all for VMware specific traps. You will also need MIBs from file VMware-esx-mibs-1.0.0-160789.zip

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