SNMP Traffic Analysis: Approaches, Tools, and First Results

Jürgen Schönwälder, Aiko Pras, Mat´uˇs Harvan, Jorrit Schippers, R. van de Meent

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    The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is widely deployed to monitor, control, and configure network elements. Even though the SNMP technology is well documented and understood, it remains relatively unclear how SNMP is used in practice and what the typical SNMP usage patterns are. This paper discusses how to perform large-scale SNMP traffic measurements in order to develop a better understanding of how SNMP is used in production networks. The tools described in this paper have been applied to networks ranging from large national research networks to relatively small faculty networks. The goal of the research is to provide feedback to SNMP protocol developers within the IETF, researchers working within the context of the IRTF-NMRG, as well as other researchers interested in network management in general. We believe that the results are also valuable for operators and vendors who want to optimize their management interactions or understand the traffic generated by their management software.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Integrated Network Management
    Place of PublicationPiscataway
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)1-4244-0799-0
    Publication statusPublished - May 2007
    Event10th International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, IM 2007: Integrated Network Management: Moving From Bits to Business Value - Munich, Germany
    Duration: 1 May 200725 May 2007
    Conference number: 10

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    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press


    Conference10th International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, IM 2007
    Abbreviated titleIM


    • EWI-11175
    • IR-64390
    • METIS-241968

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