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The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) allows Managers (software) to communicate with Agents (software) on network-managed devices -- to collect status information, to effect configuration and control, and to receive unsolicited alarms (called traps).

A MIB (Management Information Base) is a file containing specific syntax defining data objects to be managed and traps to be sent. MIB objects and their values are topics of conversation between managers and agents, and are the focal point of the protocol.

The simplicity of SNMP is the reason for its initial and continued success -- simple MIB objects define information that is transported by a simple message set. Yet it is flexible and scalable, and is used to manage very small networks as well as large, distributed networks. Many good tools are available, both open source and commercial.

This handbook is intended for both developers (MIB designers, agent software developers) and end-users (network engineers, IT management specialists). It serves as an instructional manual as well as a reference, and contains case studies, practical advice, clear descriptions of standards, user exercises and quiz questions.

Content is based on a series of training seminars developed by the author, which have been delivered to SNMP practitioners in a variety of endeavors -- government agencies, university IT-department, telephone companies, electronics manufacturers, printer company, aircraft manufacturer, televison equipment providers, televison broadcaster, automated fare collection system, space agency.

This handbook is MIB-centeric, but covers many closely related topics. Sample topics include:
+ SNMP tutorial describing important aspects of the entire protocol, including messaging standards, security, agent models, network models, and enterprises.
+ Clear descriptions of the two version of MIB syntax, SMIv1 and SMIv2.
+ MIB syntax examples are provided from many standard MIBs.
+ Diagnosing problem MIBs (which managers fail to compile properly).
+ MIB-toolkit recommendations.
+ Managing networks. How to research MIB requirements and how to locate needed MIBs.
+ Partitioning -- Enterprise SMI MIB, Textual Convention MIB, Subsystem MIB, Product MIB.
+ Expected support for standard MIBs by all agents.
+ Agent semantics and development issues.
+ Trap models and configuration of trap filters in managers.
+ Indexed tables, agent row-creation, manager row-creation.
+ A recommended MIB development process is described.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wyndham Press (March 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981492207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981492209
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By O. Gura on January 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Let me start simple: I'm neither a book author nor a professional "reviewer".
The only reason for this review -- and yes, this is my very first one -- is that I'm truly impressed with "SNMP MIB Handbook". Let me try to explain how did I happen to find it -- and why do I consider it "The Bible of MIB Design".

My recent task was (well, still is :)) to design an architecture for Enterprise Infrastructure Management, where the term "Infrastructure" is broad and a little bit vague (or should I say: "yet to be defined"? :)) -- but at the very least it includes hardware, software and essential business processes. SNMP, by no surprise, is one of several "ways to go" -- so I decided to refresh my SNMP knowledge.

After reading some introductory tutorials and not-so-introductory books, it occurred to me that something is missing, while 80% of information is "covered" again and again. Everybody talks about familiar subject: SNMP history, the fact that SNMP is based on UDP -- and how it is encapsulated; differences between SNMPv1, SNMPv2c and SNMPv3, the internal format of different types of SNMP messages, what is MIB, the concept of TRAP (notification), how to configure and use various commercial or freeware SNMP tools, etc.

What's missing then? Here is the short answer: nobody tells you how to DESIGN *your* MIB.

Let me make an analogy: there are plenty books on English Grammar; there are also quite a few on different reading "techniques". But how many books will teach you writing? Not writing in general, but writing *good prose* or *nice poems*? There you are!

Does it matter? Well, as usual, it depends. If your job is to *use* already existing MIBs -- that's one thing. But what if you have to *create* (i.e.
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My first SNMP assignment was to implement an agent on an embedded Nucleus based system. I had no experience with SNMP nor am I "network" savvy. I started searching the web and Amazon for anything on the subject. I ordered two books before this one and thought them to be as (un)readable as the RFCs, and much of what I found in these books and on the web was quite dated. There was so much jargon and references: SNMPv1, SNMP v2, SNMPv3; not to be confused with SMIv1 and SMIv2.....

OK, maybe I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but this stuff was overwhelming me. Maybe I could eventually handle it as a user, CRC and perhaps others have some slick stuff that comes up kicking and reporting on Cisco managed switches and the like but I had to develop an agent. I needed "SNMP and MIBS for Dummies". This book is better than that. It puts all the jargon, versions, and concepts in proper perspective without insulting the reader. I have found no other source that brings so much information together in such a concise, yet very readable manner. I found the RFCs confusing and perhaps contradictory but now ASN.1, SMI, SMNP, OIDs, SYNTAX, SEQUENCE, SEQUENCE OF, etc are things I can grasp and relate to each other.

This book is not just about MIBs, the SNMP tutorial is excellent, giving me an uncluttered, unconfused SNMP background to build on. There are plenty of excellent examples with lots of comments. The use of the CD changer as a model was great idea as it is someone most anyone is familiar with and it makes the objects being discussed more tangible.

Besided being instructional this book is also a great reference as I know of no other place that clearly illustrates syntax and also has examples handy. Not just examples of syntax but whole MIBS, see appendixes G & H. Lest I forget the MIB diagnostics scattered throughout have already come to my rescue. The title says MIB handbook but it does a good job of introducing SNMP too.
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The SNMP MIB Handbook by Larry Walsh is a must-have book whether you need to use existing MIBs or you need to develop your own MIBs. This book is written for administrators and developers by a developer and educator. A first glance through the book might seem intimidating due to the amount of material covered. It is full of practical information that will ensure that your MIBs are written correctly and will work with the various SNMP managers out there.

There are references to the MIB-related specifications (RFCs) as well as Web sites dedicated to the support of MIB development. Also, tools for developing and verifying your MIBs are listed. Most topics are followed by at least one example and there is an enterprise-level MIB example. Where ever necessary, the differences between the SNMP messaging versions and the SMI versions are detailed. Exercises test your understanding of the material in each chapter.

This book brings together in one place the information needed to efficiently develop clean MIBs. There are hints and recommendations on how to produce the best MIBs. Extremely useful checklists ensure a good process is being used, including one for diagnosing problems and one for the whole MIB design process.
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If you are a MIB network manager, developer or user, you need this book. It will help network managers to identify bad MIB's, developers to write correct MIB's, and users to repair MIB's. Novice or expert, there's something in this book for you.

There are many illustrations, screen shots, and examples of actual MIB's. This is one of the easiest SNMP books to read and understand because of its excellent organization. The author starts with basic concepts and builds from there. And, because this book provides such a clear and concise guide to MIB's, it is an excellent companion to "Essential SNMP" by Mauro and Schmidt.
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