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Configure SNMP security properties

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To configure SNMP security properties

  1. Open Computer Management.

  2. In the console tree, click Services.


    • Services and Applications/Services

  3. In the details pane, click SNMP Service.

  4. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  5. On the Security tab, select Send authentication trap if you want a trap message sent whenever authentication fails.

  6. Under Accepted community names, click Add.

  7. Under Community Rights, select a permission level for this host to process SNMP requests from the selected community.

  8. In Community Name, type a case-sensitive community name, and then click Add.

  9. Specify whether or not to accept SNMP packets from a host:

    • To accept SNMP requests from any host on the network, regardless of identity, click Accept SNMP packets from any host.

    • To limit acceptance of SNMP packets, click Accept SNMP packets from these hosts, click Add, type the appropriate host name, IP or IPX address, and then click Add again.


  • By default, SNMP does not respond to any community names presented.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Computer Management, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.

  • You can add additional community and host names as necessary.

  • You can make changes to an entry by clicking the entry, and then clicking Edit. You can delete a selected entry by clicking Remove.

  • If you change existing SNMP settings, your changes take effect immediately. The SNMP service does not need to be restarted for your settings to take effect.

  • The IPX/SPX protocol is not available on Windows XP 64-bit Edition (Itanium) and the 64-bit versions of the Windows Server 2003 family.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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