TCP/IP SNMP Operational Model, Components and Terminology.
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So, it seems the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) isn't quite so simple after all. There are many versions and standards and uses of SNMP, and so a lot we need to learn. I think a good place to start in understanding what SNMP does is to look at its model of operation, and examine the components that comprise a TCP/IP network management system and the terminology used to describe them.
As we saw in the preceding high-level overview topic, the overall idea behind SNMP is to allow the information needed for network management to be exchanged using TCP/IP. More specifically, the protocol allows a network administrator to make use of a special network device that interacts with other network devices to collect information from them, and modify how they operate. In the simplest sense, then, two different basic types of hardware devices are defined:
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