Simple Network Management Protocol Overview

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a network management standard widely used in TCP/IP networks.

SNMP provides a method of managing network hosts such as workstation or server computers, routers, bridges, and hubs from a centrally-located computer running network management software. SNMP performs management services by using a distributed architecture of management systems and agents.

Because network management is critical for both auditing and resource management, SNMP can be used to:

SNMP Service

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) service is an optional feature that can be installed after the TCP/IP protocol has been successfully configured.

The SNMP service provides an SNMP agent that allows remote, centralized management of computers running:

  • Windows Vista®

  • Windows Server® 2008

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP

  • Microsoft Windows 2000

  • Windows Server 2003 operating systems

The SNMP agent also allows management of the following services:

  • Windows XP or the Windows Server 2003 operating systems and Microsoft Windows 2000-based WINS

  • Windows XP or the Windows Server 2003 operating systems and Windows 2000-based DHCP

  • Windows XP or the Windows Server 2003 operating systems and Windows 2000-based Internet Information Services (IIS)

  • LAN Manager

To access the information that the SNMP agent service provides, you need at least one SNMP management system software application. The SNMP service supports, but does not currently include, SNMP management software. SNMP management software must be running on the host, which acts as the management system.