Using SNMP tools to manage the switch

SNMP is a management protocol that allows an SNMP client application to retrieve device configuration and status information and to configure the device (get and set). You can manage the switch via SNMP from a network management station.

To implement SNMP management, the switch must have an IP address configured either manually or dynamically (using DHCP or Bootp). If multiple VLANs are configured, each VLAN interface should have its own IP address. For DHCP use with multiple VLANs, see section "The Primary VLAN" in the "Static Virtual LANs (VLANs)" of the Advanced traffic management guide for your switch.


If you use the switch's Authorized IP Managers and Management VLAN features, ensure that the SNMP management station, the choice of switch port used for SNMP access to the switch, or both, are compatible with the access controls enforced by these features. Otherwise, SNMP access to the switch will be blocked.

For more information on Authorized IP Managers, see the Access security guide for your switch. (The latest version of this guide is available on the Networking website.) For information on the Management VLAN feature, see the section "The Secure Management VLAN" in the "Static Virtual LANs (VLANs)" chapter of the Advanced traffic management guide for your switch.