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Manual Chapter: Monitoring Third-Party Servers with SNMP
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Overview: SNMP monitoring of third-party servers

You can configure the BIG-IP to acquire information about the health of a third-party server using SNMP. The server must be running an SNMP agent.

Task summary

To configure BIG-IP GTM to acquire information about the health of a third-party server using SNMP, perform the following tasks.

Creating an SNMP monitor

Create an SNMP monitor that BIG-IP can use to monitor a third-party server running SNMP.
  1. Click Create. The New Monitor screen opens.
  2. Type a name for the monitor. Names must begin with a letter, and can contain only letters, numbers, and the underscore (_) character.
    Important: Monitor names are limited to 63 characters.
  3. From the Type list, select SNMP.
  4. Click Finished.

Defining a third-party host server that is running SNMP

Ensure that the third-party host server is running SNMP. During this procedure, you assign a virtual server to the server. Determine the IP address that you want to assign to the virtual server.
Define the third-party host server.
  1. On the Main tab, click Global Traffic > Servers. The Server List screen opens.
  2. Click Create. The New Server screen displays.
  3. In the Name field, type a name for the server. Names must begin with a letter, and can contain only letters, numbers, and the underscore (_) character.
    Important: Server names are limited to 63 characters.
  4. From the Product list, select Generic Host. The server type determines the metrics that the system can collect from the server.
  5. In the Address List area, add the IP addresses of the server.
    1. Type an external (public) IP address in the Address field, and then click Add.
    2. If you use NAT, type an internal (private) IP address in the Translation field, and then click Add.
    You can add more than one IP address, depending on how the server interacts with the rest of your network.
  6. From the Data Center list, select the data center where the server resides.
  7. In the Health Monitors area, assign the SNMP monitor that you created to the server by moving it from the Available list to the Selected list.
  8. From the Virtual Server Discovery list, select Disabled.
  9. Click Create. The New Server screen displays.
  10. Click a server name in the list. The server settings and values display.
  11. Click Virtual Servers on the menu bar. A list of the virtual servers configured on the server displays.
  12. Click Add. The IP addresses display in the list.
  13. In the Virtual Server List area, specify the virtual servers that are resources on this server.
    1. In the Name field, type the name of the virtual server.
    2. In the Address field, type the IP address of the virtual server.
  14. Click Create.

Implementation results

BIG-IP GTM can now use the SNMP monitor to verify the availability of and to collect statistics about the generic host.

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