SNMP and the 70-282 Small Business Server Exam

Hiya dear readrs, I am the publisher of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer book that focuses on the 70-282 exam that is essentially tied to Small Business Server 2003 (SBS). As often as possible – I like to hold vitual book readings and post up passages to Help YOU pass the 70-282 exam and master Small Business Server 2003. So here is my passage and today the focus in the SNMP protocol in Small Business Server 2003.

Manage Networks Using Simple Network Management Protocol

Use of the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) goes way back. This is an industry standard for talking to and managing devices on a network and includes devices beyond the server machine such as switches, routers, firewalls, and the like. SNMP management software is used to monitor any device configured with SNMP agent software. The SNMP agent, which is an optional component of Windows Server 2003, interacts with third-party SNMP software to enable the flow of network status information between monitored devices and applications and the management systems that monitor them. SNMP traps are the “messages” sent that communicate performance information.

To be brutally honest-SNMP is beyond the scope of a “day in the life of an
SBSer,” and as such, doesn’t demand much of your attention in preparing for
the 70-282 exam (or deserve much space on the limited pages we have in this

Chapter 7Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2003

book). SNMP environments typically have hundreds or thousands of nodes that would be difficult or costly to monitor.

IMPORTANT: To learn more about SNMP in your free time, visit Microsoft TechNet at www.microsoft.com/technet and search on the keyword “SNMP” and you’ll have over 500 hits returned. The following title is very detailed and highly recommended: How SNMP Works-Networking Services: Windows Server 2003 (Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference). You can also subscribe to the monthly Microsoft TechNet Disc library. TechNet is a great 70-282 exam preparation resource!

Okay, let us also give a tip of the hat to the instant gratification crowd. Whereas this book has a laser focus on the Small Business Specialist Partner community and the 70-2 82 exam in particular (as it should), here is an instant treat for you! If you want to see how the SNMP area applies, in the REAL WORLD, to the small and medium business space, visit these two SMB and SBS friendly ISVs and read about their management services and monitoring products:

It is here you can observe real world SNMP applications in the SMB and SBS areas. Be sure to revisit the SNMP topic again in Chapter 9 of this book.

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cheers….harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – my Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is now here! J

PPS – my spring show, SMB Nation Spring 2009, is in the NYC-area on May 1-3, 2009.

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