Dell EMC OpenManage Essentials Version 2.5 User's Guide

Troubleshooting SNMP Traps for ESX or ESXi Versions 3.5, 4.x, or 5.0

Details: To generate virtual machine and environmental traps from ESX or ESXi 3.5 or 4. x hosts, configure and enable the embedded SNMP agent. You cannot use the Net-SNMP-based agent to generate these traps, although it can receive GET transactions and generate other types of traps.

This represents a change in behavior from ESX 3.0.x, in which the configuration file for the Net-SNMP-based agent controlled the generation of virtual machine traps

Solution: Use the vicfg-snmp command from the Remote CLI or vSphere CLI to enable the SNMP agent and configure trap destinations. Each time you specify a target with the vicfg-snmp command, the settings you specify overwrite all previously specified settings. To specify multiple targets, specify them in a single command, separated by commas.


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