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TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols by W. Richard Stevens

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Chapter 25. SNMP: Simple Network Management Protocol

Introduction

As the number of networks within an organization grows, along with the diversity of systems comprising this internet (routers from various vendors, hosts with embedded router functionality, terminal servers, etc.), managing all these systems within a coherent framework becomes important. This chapter looks at the standards used within the Internet protocol suite for network management.

Network management of a TCP/IP internet consists of network management stations (managers) communicating with network elements. The network elements can be anything that runs the TCP/IP protocol suite: hosts, routers, X terminals, terminal servers, printers, and so on. The software in the network element ...

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