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SNMP over IPX (RFC1420)

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Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 6K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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S. Bostock: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document defines a convention for encapsulating Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) [1] packets over the transport mechanism provided via the Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) protocol [2].

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Network Working Group S. Bostock

Request for Comments: 1420 Novell, Inc.

Obsoletes: 1298 March 1993

SNMP over IPX

Status of this Memo

This RFC specifies an IAB standards track protocol for the Internet

community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.

Please refer to the current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol

Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol.

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This document defines a convention for encapsulating Simple Network

Management Protocol (SNMP) [1] packets over the transport mechanism

provided via the Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) protocol [2].

1. Introduction

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) as defined in [1] is

now used as an integral part of the network management framework for

TCP/IP-based internets. Together with its companion standards, which

define the Structure of Management Information (SMI) [3,4], and the

Management Information Base (MIB) [5], the SNMP has received

widespread deployment in many operational networks running the

Internet suite of protocols.

The success of SNMP in the TCP/IP environment has led to its

deployment in non TCP/IP-based internets. This specification

describes the mapping of SNMP onto the Internetwork Packet Exchange

(IPX) protocol [2] used in Novell NetWare environments.

As noted in [6], the preferred mapping for SNMP is onto UDP [7]. As

such, this specification is intended for use in environments where

UDP transport is not available. No aspect of this specification

should be construed as a suggestion that, in a heterogeneous

transport environment, a managed agent should support more than one

mapping. Conversely, management stations are strongly encouraged to

support mappings of SNMP onto all popular transports.

2. Mapping SNMP onto IPX

Mapping SNMP onto IPX is straight-forward since IPX provides a

datagram service very similar to that provided by IP/UDP.

Although modifications have been made elsewhere in the NetWare

protocol suite, IPX is identical to the Xerox Internet Datagram

Protocol (IDP) [8]. The socket address space authority is

administered by Novell.

SNMP packets will always set the Packet Type field in the IPX header

to 4 (i.e., Packet Exchange Packet).

2.1 Socket Assignments

SNMP protocol entities will receive GetRequest-PDU, GetNextRequest-

PDU, and SetRequest-PDU messages on socket 36879 (Destination Socket

field set t...