SNMP, known as Simple Network Management Protocol, is an internet standard used to monitor network devices connected via IP. It facilitates communication between various network components such as routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, servers, CCTV cameras, wireless devices, and more.
Atera incorporates a built-in SNMP module that assists in device monitoring, providing notifications for any abnormalities or issues detected.
This section will cover the frequently asked questions regarding the SNMP module in Atera.
Q: What is the cost of the SNMP module?
A: The SNMP module is included in the Atera subscription at no extra charge.
Q: What is required to monitor a device using SNMP in Atera?
A: In order to monitor a device using SNMP in Atera, you will need a monitoring agent and the device's OIDs (Object Identifiers). Please refer to the following articles that provide instructions on setting up SNMP devices in Atera:
Q: What is a monitoring agent?
A: A monitoring agent is a Windows machine located on the same network as the device you wish to monitor using SNMP. The Windows machine must have the Atera agent installed to generate and monitor SNMP data. Please consult the following article for guidance on installing the Atera agent on your machines:
Q: What is an OID?
A: An OID, or Object Identifier, functions as a unique address used to identify managed devices and their statuses. For instance, if you want to monitor the temperature readings of a switch's components, you would require the corresponding OID.
Q: How can I find the OID for a device?
A: The OID for a device can be obtained by contacting the device's manufacturer or conducting an online search. Additionally, Atera offers a built-in OID generator that can assist you in finding the OIDs for your devices. Please refer to the following article for more information
Q: Is it possible to clone OIDs from one device and assign them to another device?
A: Atera allows you to create customized templates for monitoring various devices, such as a "printer monitoring template" or a "switch monitoring template." Furthermore, you have the option to access and share templates from Atera's Shared SNMP Templates Library. The Shared SNMP Template Library allows you to share your SNMP templates with the community and also provides an opportunity to obtain valuable templates for monitoring your own devices. Please review our collection of articles covering SNMP templates.
Q: Which types of devices can be monitored using SNMP in Atera?
A: Any device that supports Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) can be monitored using Atera. If you are uncertain whether the device supports SNMP, it is recommended to reach out to the manufacturer for confirmation. Here are a few examples of devices that can be monitored using SNMP:
- Network routers and switches
- Servers (e.g., Windows, Linux, UNIX)
- Printers and scanners
- Firewalls and security appliances
- Wireless access points
- Storage devices (NAS, SAN)
- Virtualization platforms (e.g., VMware, Hyper-V)
- Power distribution units (PDUs)
- Environmental monitoring systems
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units
Q: Which SNMP versions does Atera support?
A: Atera supports SNMPv1, SNMPv2c, and SNMPv3.
Q: Which ports need to be enabled for SNMP to function with Atera?
A: Atera requires port 161 to be enabled.
Q: Can SNMP traps be configured in the Atera SNMP module?
A: The SNMP module in Atera operates on SNMP polling and does not support the configuration of SNMP traps.
Q: What encryption algorithms are used in SNMP?
A: SNMP utilizes both SHA1 and MD5 encryption algorithms.
Q: Is it possible to monitor an SNMP device with an agent located on a different subnet?
A: To monitor an SNMP device, both the monitoring agent and the device need to be on the same subnet. If the monitoring agent and the SNMP device are on different subnets, it will result in a broken connection, causing the SNMP device to fail in polling information.