The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is widely deployed to
monitor, control and (sometimes also) configure network elements.
Even though the SNMP technology is well documented, it remains
relatively unclear how SNMP is used in practice and what typical SNMP
usage patterns are.
This document proposes to carry out large scale SNMP traffic
measurements in order to develop a better understanding how SNMP is
used in real world production networks. It describes the motivation,
the measurement approach, and the tools and data formats needed to
carry out such a study.
Working Group Summary
This document was produced within the IRTF's Network Management
Research Group (NMRG) and represents the consensus of all of the
active contributors to this group.
SNMP is quite widely deployed. Measurements on SNMP traffic are being
performed by various tools and different organizations.
Bert Wijnen shephereded the document in the NMRG. Dan Romascanu is
the shepherding AD.
The IESG thinks that this work is related to IETF work done in the
Operations and Management Area related to SNMP, but this does not prevent
publishing. This RFC is not a candidate for any level of Internet
The IETF disclaims any knowledge of the fitness of this RFC for
any purpose and notes that the decision to publish is not based on
IETF review apart from the IETF Last Call on the allocation of an URI by
IANA and the IESG review for conflict with IETF work.
The RFC Editor has chosen to publish this document at its
discretion. See RFC 3932 for more information.