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AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Communications and Networks

SNMP for Network Management

SNMP network management is based on the familiar client/server model that is widely used in TCP/IP-based network applications. Each host that is to be managed runs a process called an agent. The agent is a server process that maintains the Management Information Base (MIB) database for the host. Hosts that are involved in network management decision-making may run a process called a manager. A manager is a client application that generates requests for MIB information and processes responses. In addition, a manager may send requests to agent servers to modify MIB information.

For more information on SNMP, you may want to read "Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)" in AIX Communications Programming Concepts. The following RFCs may also be of use:

RFC 1155 Structure and Identification of Management Information (SMI) for TCP/IP-based internets.
RFC 1157 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
RFC 1213 Management Information Base (MIB) for Network Management of TCP/IP-based internets.
RFC 1227 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) single multiplexer (SMUX) protocol and Management Information Base (MIB).
RFC 1228 Simple Network Management Protocol-Distributed Program Interface (SNMP-DPI).
RFC 1229 Extensions to the generic interface Management Information Base (MIB).
RFC 1231 IEEE 802.5 token-ring Management Information Base (MIB).
RFC 1398 Definitions of Managed objects for the Ethernet. For example, interface type.
RFC 1512 Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) Management Information Base (MIB).

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