Essential SNMP
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2001
Pages: 336

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an Internet-standard protocol for managing hosts on an IP network. Devices that typically support SNMP include routers, switches, servers, workstations, printers, modem racks, UPSs, and more.Essential SNMP is a practical introduction to SNMP for network and system administrators. It starts with the basics of SNMP and how it works, along with the technical background to use it effectively. The book covers OIDs, MIBs, community strings, traps, and other technical elements. But the main focus is on practical network administration: how to configure SNMP agents and network management stations, how to use SNMP to retrieve and modify variables on network devices, how to configure management software to react to traps sent by managed devices.Essential SNMP explores both commercial and open source packages, including HP's OpenView, Castle Rock's SNMPc, the Net-SNMP tools, Simon Leinen's Perl SNMP support, and MRTG. 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. In addition to SNMPv1 and v2, the book covers SNMPv3, which has just started to appear in commercial products as of this printing.

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By Jim Noshter

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Great Overall Book! I've been trying to figure out SNMP for a long time. This book not only helped me, but other people in and around my datacenter. We are finally on a path to getting our servers, SW and network gear managed.

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By Nick Urbanik

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As an introductory book, this is okay. I have requested that our library buy two copies, since we have a subject on network management, and it is useful for students to get started.

However, I found that the book gets some things wrong; for example, the names of the protocol messages do not match those in the RFCs, and there is a general sloppiness and lack of useful in-depth information.

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By Jim Kerick

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I find that the SNMP guide is a useful overall guide to SNMP and major products like HPOV and the NET-SNMP agent. It is written for the system admin who needs to install and maintain SNMP, not the developer of MIBs. Compared to other books that have the word practical in the title, Essential SNMP does not need a college lecture to explain itself. Essential SNMP bills itself as a guide for deploying and running for someone new to SNMP, so it is not a reference for obsucure parts of SNMP design or history. It is a solid book that tells you how to get a SNMP implementation off the ground.

The O'Reilly book enabled me to get stuff up and configured. Now that I have a stable environment and have good foundation of understanding I am using other books that discuss MIB creation and Vendor documents to enhance and expand the SNMP environment.

O'Reilly states the audience is for system and network admins that need to control their network, and have little or no experience with SNMP or SNMP applications. I believe it achieves it goals.

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By Gavin Newman

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I write this review with some measure of sadness, until now I have regarded the O'Reilly series of publications as the epitome of technical reference sources. This book fails to live up to these standards.

I suppose the primary problem with this book is its title. With a title of "Essential SNMP" I expected a book with the depth and target audience of the the standout title "Essential System Administration" but the book does not reach the level the latter does. I think it should be re-titled to identify it as an introductory level text.

Each section in the book starts exploring a concept or product but stops before reaching any depth - it is more like a series of introductions rather than an in-depth exploration.

The explanation of the structure and contents of MIBs was minimal, the concept of tables was not defined adequately - drawings of the structure of, and access to, table members would help greatly here.

The section on MRTG is symptomatic of the overall nature of the book. It gives a quick explanation of what MRTG can do but as soon as it starts getting into any depth it refers the reader to other sources of information - if this is the case why bother publishing the section at all.

If the book is aimed at a neophyte reader the emphasis on OpenView is pointless as this type of reader is unlikely to have access to the product, if the book is aimed at the technical user who does have access to the product then the references to the product do not explore the power of the product adequately.

Having said the above there are areas that are useful, primarily the PERL scripting information but overall I do not see the book as value for money, especially given the very high price charged for the book here is Australia.

I write this review based on 29 years experience in IT ranging from PCs to mainframes with emphasis in the last 15 years in the networking area. I currently use Tivoli Netview and MRTG for my network management and was hoping this book would add to my knowledge base, unfortunately it added little and did not provide value for money.

I am sorry to say that this is one O'Reilly book which will not join the many others from this publisher on my "daily use" reference shelf.

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