Alarm Reporting Control Management Information Base (MIB)
RFC 3878

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Network Working Group                                             H. Lam
Request for Comments: 3878                           Lucent Technologies
Category: Standards Track                                       A. Huynh
                                                          Cetus Networks
                                                              D. Perkins
                                                                SNMPinfo
                                                          September 2004

                        Alarm Reporting Control
                   Management Information Base (MIB)

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004).

Abstract

   This memo defines a portion of the Management Information Base (MIB)
   for use with network management protocols in TCP/IP-based internets.
   In particular, it defines objects for controlling the reporting of
   alarm conditions.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   2.  The Internet-Standard Management Framework . . . . . . . . . .  2
   3.  Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   4.  ARC MIB Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
       4.1.  Relationship between ARC mode and Alarm Reporting. . . .  4
   5.  ARC MIB Object Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   6.  Security Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
   7.  Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       8.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       8.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
   9.  Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
   10. Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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1.  Introduction

   The scope of this MIB is targeted for network operators responsible
   for managing the operations of network resources.  This document
   defines an alarm reporting control (ARC) MIB module, which provides a
   mechanism for a manager to suppress or defer the reporting of alarm
   conditions based on the resource ID and alarm condition type.

2.  The Internet-Standard Management Framework

   For a detailed overview of the documents that describe the current
   Internet-Standard Management Framework, please refer to section 7 of
   RFC 3410 [RFC3410].

   Managed objects are accessed via a virtual information store, termed
   the Management Information Base or MIB.  MIB objects are generally
   accessed through the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
   Objects in the MIB are defined using the mechanisms defined in the
   Structure of Management Information (SMI).  This memo specifies a MIB
   module that is compliant to the SMIv2, which is described in STD 58,
   RFC 2578 [RFC2578], STD 58, RFC 2579 [RFC2579] and STD 58, RFC 2580
   [RFC2580].

3.  Conventions

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14, RFC 2119
   [RFC2119].

4.  ARC MIB Overview

   There is a need to provide a mechanism for controlling the reporting
   of alarm conditions of resources in a network device.  For example,
   (a) inhibiting the reporting of alarm conditions of a resource until
   the resource is problem-free, (b) inhibiting the reporting of alarm
   conditions of a resource for a specified time period, or (c)
   inhibiting the reporting of alarm conditions of a resource
   indefinitely until explicitly allowed by the managing system at a
   later time.

   The alarm reporting control (ARC) feature provides an automatic in-
   service provisioning capability.  It allows sufficient time for
   service setup, customer testing, and other maintenance activities in
   an "alarm-free" state.  Once a resource is "problem-free", alarm
   reporting can be automatically or manually turned on (i.e., allowed).

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   By putting a network resource in ARC mode, (i.e., in nalm, nalmTI,
   nalmQI, or nalmQICD states, as described in the MIB), the technicians
   and managing systems will not be flooded with unnecessary work items
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