Installing the SNMP agent on your Windows server

zenossFor your Windows server to be monitored I recommend using SNMP Informant as it provides more information than the built-in SNMP services.

This article covers installing Windows built-in SNMP (needed for SNMP Informant) and SNMP Informant itself.

Windows built-in SNMP

Install built-in SNMP

  1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Select Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. Select Management and Monitoring Tools (without putting a tick in the box).
  4. Click Details.
  5. Tick the box for Simple Network Management Protocol and click OK.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Finish.


Configure built-in SNMP

  1. Go to Start > Administrative Tools > Services.
  2. Right-click SNMP Service and choose Properties.
    1. Select the Security tab.
    2. Deselect Send authentication trap.
    3. In the Accepted community names section click Add.
      1. Leave Community rights: READ ONLY
      2. Enter Community Name: public
      3. Click Add.
    4. Check the box for Accept SNMP packets from any host.
    5. Click OK.
  3. If the Firewall is running you will need to add an exception for SNMP.
    1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall.
    2. Add a UDP port of 161 and call it SNMP.


SNMP Informant

Visit the SNMP Informant Downloads site to get the latest versions for...

  • informant standard
  • informant motherboard monitor
  1. Install and configure Windows built-in SNMP (see above).
  2. Extract both zip files.
  3. Run informant-std-xx.exe.
  4. Click Next on the Welcome screen.
  5. Read and accept the agreement, click Next.
  6. Leave the default Destination Location.
  7. Leave the default Start Menu Folder.
  8. Click Install.


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