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Configuring Networks and Devices with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)



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Network Working Group                                        M. MacFaden
Request for Comments: 3512                     Riverstone Networks, Inc.
Category: Informational                                       D. Partain
                                                                Ericsson
                                                              J. Saperia
                                                    JDS Consulting, Inc.
                                                            W. Tackabury
                                              Gold Wire Technology, Inc.
                                                              April 2003


                 Configuring Networks and Devices with
               Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document is written for readers interested in the Internet
   Standard Management Framework and its protocol, the Simple Network
   Management Protocol (SNMP).  In particular, it offers guidance in the
   effective use of SNMP for configuration management.  This information
   is relevant to vendors that build network elements, management
   application developers, and those that acquire and deploy this
   technology in their networks.

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
      1.1. The Internet Standard Management Framework. . . . . . . .   3
      1.2. Configuration and the Internet Standard Management
           Frame-work. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2. Using SNMP as a Configuration Mechanism. . . . . . . . . . . .   5
      2.1. Transactions and SNMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
      2.2. Practical Requirements for Transactional Control. . . . .   6
      2.3. Practices in Configuration--Verification. . . . . . . . .   7
   3. Designing a MIB Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
      3.1. MIB Module Design - General Issues. . . . . . . . . . . .  10
      3.2. Naming MIB modules and Managed Objects. . . . . . . . . .  11
      3.3. Transaction Control And State Tracking. . . . . . . . . .  12



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