Enabling SNMP on Windows Devices

Before you can collect performance data on a Windows PC, you must first install and enable the Microsoft SNMP Agent on the device itself.

To install SNMP Monitoring:

  1. From the Windows Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. From the Components list, select Management and Monitoring Tools.
  4. Click Details to view the list of Subcomponents.
  5. Make sure Simple Network Management Protocol is selected.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Next to install the components.
  8. After the install wizard is complete, click Finish to close the window.

To enable SNMP Monitoring:

  1. In the Control Panel, click Administrative Tools.
  2. Double-click Services. the Services console opens.
  3. In the Services (Local) list, double-click SNMP Service to view the Properties.
  4. On the Agent tab, enter the Contact name for the person responsible for the upkeep and administration of the computer, then enter the Location of the computer. These items are returned during some SNMP queries.
  5. On the Security tab, click Add to add a community string for the device. Community strings are pass codes that allow applications like WhatsUp to read information about the computer. This community string will be later used to create credentials for connecting to this device.
  6. On the General tab, click Start to start the service (if necessary).
  7. Click OK to close the dialog.

You can test the device by connecting to it through SNMP View.