On the BIG-IP system, traps are definitions of unsolicited notification messages that the BIG-IP alert system and the SNMP agent send to the SNMP manager when certain events occur on the BIG-IP system. Configuring SNMP traps on a BIG-IP system means configuring the way that the BIG-IP system handles traps, as well as setting the destination for notifications that the alert system and the SNMP agent send to an SNMP manager.
The BIG-IP system stores traps in two specific files:
You use the Configuration utility to configure traps, that is, enable traps and set trap destinations. When you configure traps, the BIG-IP system automatically updates the alert.conf and user_alert.conf files.
You can enable traps for certain events and set trap destinations.
You can configure the SNMP agent on the BIG-IP system to send, or refrain from sending, notifications when the following events occur:
You must specify the destination SNMP manager to which the BIG-IP system should send notifications. For SNMP v1 and v2c only, you specify a destination system by providing the community name to which the BIG-IP system belongs, the IP address of the SNMP manager, and the target port number of the SNMP manager.