Best practices

The SNMP service greatly simplifies network management. To take best advantage of this:

Try to organize SNMP communities by functional organization, following the SNMP distributed security model. For more information about SNMP, see "Simple Network Management Protocol" at the Microsoft Windows Resource Kits Web site.

The default Security tab settings are one community name, public, and Accept SNMP packets from any host. These settings should be changed to a specific community name of your choice and Accept SNMP packets from these hosts, with a list of hosts. The settings should be monitored and updated on an ongoing basis.

Take advantage of SNMP security checking by configuring authentication traps on all SNMP agents.

If you will be monitoring service specific components, such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) or Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), verify that these services have been successfully installed and configured.

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