Essential SNMP: Help for System and Network Administratorsby Douglas Mauro, Kevin Schmidt
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) provides a "simple" set of operations that allows you to more easily monitor and manage network devices like routers, switches, servers, printers, and more. The information you can monitor with SNMP is wide-ranging--from standard items, like the amount of traffic flowing into an interface, to far more esoteric items, like the air temperature inside a router. In spite of its name, though, SNMP is not especially simple to learn.
O'Reilly has answered the call for help with a practical introduction that shows how to install, configure, and manage SNMP. Written for network and system administrators, the book introduces the basics of SNMP and then offers a technical background on how to use it effectively. Essential SNMP explores both commercial and open source packages, and elements like OIDs, MIBs, community strings, and traps are covered in depth. The book contains five new chapters and various updates throughout. Other new topics include:
Expanded coverage of SNMPv1, SNMPv2, and SNMPv3
Expanded coverage of SNMPc
The concepts behind network management and change management
RRDTool and Cricket
The use of scripts for a variety of tasks
How Java can be used to create SNMP applications
Net-SNMP's Perl module
The bulk of the book is devoted to discussing, with real examples, how to use SNMP for system and network administration tasks. Administrators will come away with ideas for writing scripts to help them manage their networks, create managed objects, and extend the operation of SNMP agents.
Once demystified, SNMP is much more accessible. If you're looking for a way to more easily manage your network, look no further than Essential SNMP, 2nd Edition.
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I write computer manuals and recently worked on a manual involving a SMNP product; hence my interest in this book. There's quite a bit of good information covered here. While the intended audience is primarily system administrators, it still contains topics of interest to anyone else with an interest in this. A chapter about SMNP, how it works with UDP, MIBs, network management software architectures, as well as compatible hardware are among the topics discussed. SMNP can be a valuable tool and is just now becoming more well-known and important when discussing network maintenance. This book takes a great approach to the topic and is full of good information, as befits an O'Reilly book. I'm not planning on becoming a sys admin any time soon, but if I do, this along with the o'Reilly System Administration book would be obes I'd have on my bookshelf.