SNMP Management Station
The SNMP Management Station is a program designed to poll SNMP agents, collect information, and display the collected information in an easy-to-view format. Because each SNMP agent on a network can support a unique MIB, the SNMP management station must load MIB information for all the agents it intends to access. Without this information, the management station cannot make sense of proprietary MIBs and cannot obtain information from their agents.
The management station polling process typically includes the following steps:
The management station composes an SNMP request that includes one or more MIB objects.
The management station sends the request packet to an agent, located on a network device.
The agent receives the request, checks the values of the objects requested, composes a reply packet, and sends it back to the management station.
In the case of SNMP Management Console, the data is displayed in chart, form, list, or table format.
Through the management station, SNMP agents can provide information to a network administrator without the administrator physically attending to the device.
Almost any network device can be equipped with an SNMP agent. However, because the addition of an SNMP agent typically will increase the cost of the device, many devices are available without the SNMP agent installed. Typical examples of SNMP-aware devices are: routers, network cards, Ethernet and Token Ring switches, network printers, UNIX hosts, NetWare servers, and Windows 2000/XP servers and stations.