You can configure SNMP to monitor the cluster to avoid issues before they occur and to respond to issues when they occur. Managing SNMP involves configuring SNMP users and configuring SNMP traphosts for specific events. You can create and manage read-only SNMP users in the data Vserver. You can also configure data LIFs to receive SNMP requests on the Vserver.
SNMP network management workstations or managers can query your Vserver's SNMP agent for information. The SNMP agent gathers information and forwards it to the SNMP managers. The SNMP agent also generates trap notifications whenever specific events occur. The SNMP agent on the Vserver has read-only privileges—that is, it cannot be used for any set operations or for taking a corrective action in response to a trap. Data ONTAP provides an SNMP agent compatible with SNMP versions v1, v2c, and v3. SNMPv3 offers advanced security by using passphrases and encryption.