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The SNMP service

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

The SNMP service

The simple network management protocol (SNMP) service supports computers running TCP/IP and IPX protocols. It is an optional service that can be installed after the TCP/IP protocol has been successfully configured.

The SNMP service provides an SNMP agent that allows remote, centralized management of computers running:

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP

  • Microsoft Windows 2000

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family

The SNMP agent also allows management of the following services:

  • Windows XP or the Windows Server 2003 family and Microsoft Windows 2000-based WINS

  • Windows XP or the Windows Server 2003 family and Windows 2000-based DHCP

  • Windows XP or the Windows Server 2003 family and Windows 2000-based Internet Information Services

  • Microsoft LAN Manager

To access the information that the SNMP agent service provides, you need at least one SNMP management system software application. The SNMP service supports but does not currently include SNMP management software. SNMP management software must be running on the host which acts as the management system.


  • The IPX/SPX protocol is not available on the Itanium-based versions of the Windows operating systems.

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