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Convention for defining traps for use with the SNMP (RFC1215)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002029D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 8 page(s) / 18K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M.T. Rose: AUTHOR

Abstract

Status of this Memo

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Network Working Group M. Rose, Editor

Request for Comments: 1215 Performance Systems International

March 1991

A Convention for Defining Traps

for use with the SNMP

Status of this Memo

This memo suggests a straight-forward approach towards defining traps

used with the SNMP. Readers should note that the use of traps in the

Internet-standard network management framework is controversial. As

such, this memo is being put forward for information purposes.

Network management practitioners who employ traps are encouraged to

make use of this document. Practitioners who do not employ traps can

safely ignore this document.

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify any standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Table of Contents

1. Historical Perspective ................................ 1

2. Defining Traps ........................................ 2

2.1 Mapping of the TRAP-TYPE macro ....................... 3

2.1.1 Mapping of the ENTERPRISE clause ................... 3

2.1.2 Mapping of the VARIABLES clause .................... 4

2.1.3 Mapping of the DESCRIPTION clause .................. 4

2.1.4 Mapping of the REFERENCE clause .................... 4

2.1.5 Mapping of the TRAP-TYPE value ..................... 4

2.2 Usage Examples ....................................... 5

2.2.1 Enterprise-specific Trap ........................... 5

2.2.2 Generic-Traps for use with the SNMP ................ 5

3. Acknowledgements ...................................... 7

4. References ............................................ 9

5. Security Considerations................................ 9

6. Author's Address....................................... 9

1. Historical Perspective

As reported in RFC 1052, IAB Recommendations for the Development of

Internet Network Management Standards [1], a two-prong strategy for

network management of TCP/IP-based internets was undertaken. In the

short-term, the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), defined in

RFC 1067, was to be used to manage nodes in the Internet community.

In the long-term, the use of the OSI network management framework was

be examined. Two documents were produced to define the management

information: RFC 1065, which defined the Structure of Management

Information (SMI), and RFC 1066, which defined the Management

Information Base (MIB). Both of these documents were designed so as

to be compatible with both the SNMP and the OSI network management

framework.

This strategy was quite successful in the short-term: Internet-based

network management technology was fielded, by both the research and

commercial communities, within a few months. As a result of this,

portions of the Internet community became network manag...