Extensions to the generic-interface MIB
RFC 1229

 
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Network Working Group                              K. McCloghrie, Editor
Request for Comments: 1229                      Hughes LAN Systems, Inc.
                                                                May 1991

                Extensions to the Generic-Interface MIB

Status of this Memo

   This RFC contains definitions of managed objects used as experimental
   extensions to the generic interfaces structure of MIB-II.  This memo
   is a product of the SNMP Working Group of the Internet Engineering
   Task Force (IETF).  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.

Table of Contents

   1. Abstract ..............................................    1
   2. The Network Management Framework.......................    1
   3. Objects ...............................................    2
   4. Overview ..............................................    3
   4.1 Generic Interface Extension Table ....................    3
   4.2 Generic Interface Test Table .........................    3
   4.3 Generic Receive Address Table ........................    4
   5. Definitions ...........................................    5
   6. Acknowledgements ......................................   14
   7. References ............................................   15
   8. Security Considerations................................   15
   9. Author's Address.......................................   16

1.  Abstract

   This memo defines an experimental portion of the Management
   Information Base (MIB) for use with network management protocols in
   TCP/IP-based internets.  In particular, it defines managed object
   types as experimental extensions to the generic interfaces structure
   of MIB-II.

2.  The Network Management Framework

   The Internet-standard Network Management Framework consists of three
   components.  They are:

      RFC 1155 which defines the SMI, the mechanisms used for describing
      and naming objects for the purpose of management.  RFC 1212

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      defines a more concise description mechanism, which is wholly
      consistent with the SMI.

      RFC 1156 which defines MIB-I, the core set of managed objects for
      the Internet suite of protocols.  RFC 1213, defines MIB-II, an
      evolution of MIB-I based on implementation experience and new
      operational requirements.

      RFC 1157 which defines the SNMP, the protocol used for network
      access to managed objects.

   The Framework permits new objects to be defined for the purpose of
   experimentation and evaluation.

3.  Objects

   Managed objects are accessed via a virtual information store, termed
   the Management Information Base or MIB.  Objects in the MIB are
   defined using the subset of Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) [7]
   defined in the SMI.  In particular, each object has a name, a syntax,
   and an encoding.  The name is an object identifier, an
   administratively assigned name, which specifies an object type.  The
   object type together with an object instance serves to uniquely
   identify a specific instantiation of the object.  For human
   convenience, we often use a textual string, termed the OBJECT
   DESCRIPTOR, to also refer to the object type.

   The syntax of an object type defines the abstract data structure
   corresponding to that object type.  The ASN.1 language is used for
   this purpose.  However, the SMI [3] purposely restricts the ASN.1
   constructs which may be used.  These restrictions are explicitly made
   for simplicity.

   The encoding of an object type is simply how that object type is
   represented using the object type's syntax.  Implicitly tied to the
   notion of an object type's syntax and encoding is how the object type
   is represented when being transmitted on the network.

   The SMI specifies the use of the basic encoding rules of ASN.1 [8],
   subject to the additional requirements imposed by the SNMP.

   Section 5 contains the specification of all object types in this
   section of the MIB.  The object types are defined using the
   conventions specified in the SMI, as amended by the extensions
   specified in [9].

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4.  Overview
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