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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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TCP/IP MIB Object Descriptors and Identifiers and the Object Name Hierarchy

Of the many MIB object characteristics, only one is sufficiently interesting that it really deserves its own exposition. Or perhaps I should say that only one is sufficiently complicated to require further explanation. This is the object name, part of the larger naming system used for MIB objects.

Each MIB object actually has two names: an object descriptor and an object identifier.

Object Descriptors

The object descriptor is a conventional text name that provides a user-friendly handle to refer to the object. The name is assigned based on the particular MIB object group in which the object is located. In the previous example, sysLocation is the object descriptor for that ...

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