Understanding SNMP MIBs, 1st edition
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In the past, understanding MIBs has mostly been a case of picking up the oral folklore or reading endless streams of E-mail on a lot of IETF mailing lists. In this book, David Perkins and Evan McGinnis part the swirling clouds of confusion to offer up the crucial concepts you need to read and interpret a MIB, and maybe even write one.
The authors offer a functional view of SNMP-based management, emphasizing the aspects that relate directly to MIBs. Without going into all the particulars of SNMP, Understanding SNMP MIBs provides a general introduction to such key concepts as:
- Modeling and development
- Relationships between objects
- Textual conventions
- Domains and control fields
- Versions and migration
Interwoven with this material is a structural view of MIBs, starting with the basic syntax and specifications of MIB modules, and moving on to sophisticated discussions of advanced data structures and data types, including:
- Nested tables and multi-table relationships
- Linked lists
- Multidimensional arrays
- Floating point numbers
Network administrators will find this a handy guide to the manageable aspects of their network, while developers, engineers, and product managers will discover a simplified approach to creating MIBs with the end-user in mind, while adhering to the international MIB standards. For students, this book is a valuable complement to the study of SNMP and network management. Even if you never need to create a MIB of your own, Understanding SNMP MIBs will be an invaluable aid for interpreting and selecting them in your daily work.
The accompanying CD contains numerous sample MIBs with their RFC's, along with two great original applications: the MIB compiler SMICng and a translation program to generate HTML from MIBs. Supported platforms include Windows® 95, Windows NT, SunOS®, Solaris®, HP-UX™, Linux, IBM's AIX, and SGI.
Table of contents
1. An Introduction to SNMP-based Management.
2. SNMP Management Information.
3. MIB Module Syntax.
4. Applying the SNMP-based Management Model.
5. Inside an SNMP-managed System.
6. SNMP Operations.
7. Object Modelling.
8. Practical Considerations in Building and Maintaining MIBs.
9. Advanced Techniques: Data Structures and Data Types.
10. MIB Design Choices in Standard MIBs.
11. MIB Compilers.
12. Development of a MIB.
Appendix A. ASN.1 and BER.
Appendix B. SNMP Protocol.
Appendix C. SMIC User's Guide.
Appendix D. Guide to MIB Resources.
Appendix E. References & Reading List.
Appendix F. Guide to the CD-ROM.
Published by Pearson (December 3rd 1996) - Copyright © 1997