How to configure SNMP on Windows 2008 Server


  • I have installed SNMP on 2008 server (Standard x64 w/GUI), now I need to configure the Agent, Traps, and Security.  In Windows 2003 you just opened the SNMP Service properties and configured those settings using the Agent, Traps, and Security tabs.   When I tried the same method on Windows 2008 Server those tabs are missing.

    Where do I need to go to change the settings?  I have seen a few posts that talk about using regedit to make changes.  If that is the case why was this simple functionality removed?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Friday, October 03, 2008 4:09 PM


All replies

  •  Hi,

    For the configuration SNMP on windows server 2008, you can refer to the following articles:

    Simple Network Management Protocol

    TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

    Hope this helps.
    Tuesday, October 07, 2008 9:56 AM
  • Maybe it's just me, but I don't see how either of those articles answers the original question.  The first one talks about SNMP on a Windows 2003 server and the second one doesn't seem to reference SNMP at all.
    Sunday, October 12, 2008 3:41 PM
  • Morgan,

    Thanks for the reply, I just got around to trying your suggestions and low and behold that the tabs are now available.   It seems the issue is when you first install the SNMP "feature" it does not update the administrative snap-in's, specifically the Server Manager, and/or services.  Once the server has been rebooted, then the tabs show up under the SNMP services properties.  At that point it works the same as a Windows 2003 server. 

    I haven't had the time to see if just exiting server manager and opening server manager fixes the problem.  Possibly a log out / login might fix the problem, but I don't currently have the time to replicate the issue.  When I load my next server I will give a go to see if it is just that simple or if infact a reboot is necessary. 

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 7:25 PM
  • I just tried exiting server manager hitting F5 once or twice to refresh the screen and opening server manager again and the missing Tabs reboot necessary.
    K McCall
    • Proposed as answer by clem85 Thursday, November 26, 2009 1:56 PM
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009 3:51 PM
  • Is there a way to configure SNMP using a command line or powershell?  I'm trying to automate the deployment/configuration using MDT so I need to write a script.
    Friday, March 27, 2009 12:45 PM
  • Exiting server manager did the trick.  Thx tgo.  Wow....Uncle Bill, you need to do better than than!
    Thursday, June 04, 2009 5:13 PM
  • Hi,

    Just wanted to let you know that closing the services MMC and reopening it again rendered the Agent, trap and securtity tabs visible again. Now I can configure the service.

    Strange but true
    Best Regards,
    Sunday, July 05, 2009 8:21 PM
  • You can add the SNMP service through the Add Features wizard in Server Manager.
    • Proposed as answer by gfishbeingv Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:34 PM
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:48 PM
  • You need to log into the admin console.  Worked for me :)
    Friday, January 28, 2011 4:36 PM
  • The F5 refreshing was the solution key, and then closing/opening the Server Manager!! Thank you!!
    Hugo Otaola Computer Systems Specialist II SBC - DSS
    Friday, February 11, 2011 9:32 PM
  • Just want to confirm that the F5 refresh does work.  Thanks for the info!
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:48 PM
  • Restarting the service after installation will bring up the tabs without rebooting.

    Friday, September 07, 2012 4:58 PM
  • Just want to say thanks :D

    It works!

    Friday, October 25, 2013 10:45 AM