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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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TCP/IP SNMP Operational Model, Components, and Terminology

So, it seems the Simple Network Management Protocol isn't quite so simple after all. There are many versions and standards and uses of SNMP, and so a lot to learn. I think a good place to start in understanding what SNMP does is to look at its model of operation. Then we can examine the components that compose a TCP/IP network management system and define the terminology used to describe them.

SNMP Device Types

The overall idea behind SNMP is to allow the information needed for network management to be exchanged using TCP/IP. More specifically, the protocol allows a network administrator to make use of a special network device that interacts with other network devices to collect information ...

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