Cisco ONS 15327 Reference Manual, Release 4.1
Chapter 11, SNMP
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Table Of Contents


11.1  SNMP Overview

11.2  SNMP Basic Components

11.3  SNMP Support

11.4  SNMP Management Information Bases

11.5  SNMP Traps

11.6  SNMP Community Names

11.7  SNMP Remote Network Monitoring

11.7.1  Ethernet Statistics Group

11.7.2  History Control Group

11.7.3  Ethernet History Group

11.7.4  Alarm Group

11.7.5  Event Group


This chapter explains Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) as implemented by the Cisco ONS 15327. For SNMP set up information, refer to the Cisco ONS 15327 Procedure Guide.

Chapter topics include:

SNMP Overview

SNMP Basic Components

SNMP Support

SNMP Management Information Bases

SNMP Traps

SNMP Community Names

SNMP Remote Network Monitoring

11.1  SNMP Overview

SNMP is an application-layer communication protocol that allows network devices to exchange management information. SNMP enables network administrators to manage network performance, find and solve network problems, and plan network growth.

The ONS 15327 uses SNMP to provide asynchronous event notification to a network management system (NMS). ONS SNMP implementation uses standard Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) management information bases (MIBs) to convey node-level inventory, fault, and performance management information for generic read-only management of DS-1, DS-3, SONET, and Ethernet technologies. SNMP allows limited management of the ONS 15327 by a generic SNMP manager, for example HP OpenView Network Node Manager (NNM) or Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) NetExpert.

The Cisco ONS 15327 supports SNMP Version 1 (SNMPv1) and SNMP Version 2c (SNMPv2c). Both versions share many features, but SNMPv2c includes additional protocol operations. This chapter describes both versions and explains how to configure SNMP on the ONS 15327. Figure 11-1 illustrates a basic network managed by SNMP.

Note The CERENT-MSDWDM-MIB.mib in the CiscoV2 directory supports 64-bit performance monitoring counters. However, the respective SNMPv1 MIB in the CiscoV1 directory does not contain 64-bit performance monitoring counters, but supports the lower and higher word values of the corresponding 64-bit counter. The other MIB files in the CiscoV1 and CiscoV2 directories are identical in content and differ only in format.

Figure 11-1 Basic Network Managed by SNMP

11.2  SNMP Basic Components

An SNMP-managed network consists of three primary components: managed devices, agents, and management systems. A managed device is a network node that contains an SNMP agent and resides on an SNMP-managed network. Managed devices collect and store management information and use SNMP to make this information available to management systems that use SNMP. Managed devices include routers, access servers, switches, bridges, hubs, computer hosts, and network elements such as an ONS 15327.

An agent is a software module that resides in a managed device. An agent has local knowledge of management information and translates that information into a form compatible with SNMP. The SNMP agent gathers data from the MIB, which is the repository for device parameter and network data. The agent can also send traps, which are notifications of certain events (such as changes), to the manager. Figure 11-2 illustrates these SNMP operations.

Figure 11-2 SNMP Agent Gathering Data from a MIB and Sending Traps to the Manager

A management system such as HP OpenView executes applications that monitor and control managed devices. Management systems provide the bulk of the processing and memory resources required for network management. One or more management systems must exist on any managed network. Figure 11-3 illustrates the relationship between the three key SNMP components.

Figure 11-3 Example of the Primary SNMP Components

11.3  SNMP Support

The ONS 15327 supports SNMP v1 and v2c traps and get requests. The SNMP MIBs in the ONS 15327 define alarms, traps, and status. Through SNMP, NMS applications can query a management agent using a supported MIB. The functional entities include Ethernet switches and SONET multiplexers. Refer to the Cisco ONS 15327 Procedure Guide for procedures to set up or change SNMP settings.

11.4  SNMP Management Information Bases

A MIB is a hierarchically organized collection of information. It consists of managed objects and is identified by object identifiers. Network-management protocols, such as SNMP, are able to access to MIBs. The ONS 15327 SNMP agent communicates with an SNMP management application using SNMP messages. Table 11-1 describes these messages.

Table 11-1 SNMP Message Types 



Retrieves a value from a specific variable.


Retrieves the value following the named variable; this operation is often used to retrieve variables from within a table. With this operation, an SNMP manager does not need to know the exact variable name. The SNMP manager searches sequentially to find the needed variable from within the MIB.


Replies to a get-request, get-next-request, get-bulk-request, or set-request sent by an NMS.


Fills the get-response with up to the max-repetition number of get-next interactions, similar to a get-next-request.


Provides remote network monitoring (RMON) MIB.


Indicates an event has occurred. An unsolicited message is sent by an SNMP agent to an SNMP manager.

A managed object (sometimes called a MIB object) is one of many specific characteristics of a managed device. Managed objects consist of one or more object instances (variables). Table 11-2 lists the IETF standard MIBs implemented in the ONS 15327.

Table 11-2 IETF Standard MIBs Implemented in the ONS 15327 SNMP Agent  

RFC 1 No.
Module Name


Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) ifType





Management Information Base for Network Management of TCP/IP-based internets: MIB-II
Management Information Base for Version 2 of the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv2)



Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Version 2 Management Information Base



Definitions of Managed Objects for Bridges
This defines MIB objects for managing MAC bridges based on the IEEE 802.1D-1990 standard between Local Area Network (LAN) segments.



Remote Network Monitoring Management Information Base



Entity MIB (Version 2)



The Interfaces Group MIB using SMIv2



Definitions of Managed Objects for the Ethernet-like Interface Types



Textual Conventions for MIB Modules Using Performance History Based on 15 Minute Intervals



Definitions of Managed Objects for the DS-1, E-1, DS-2 and E-2 Interface Types



Definitions of Managed Object for the DS-3/E-3 Interface Type



Definitions of Managed Objects for the SONET/SDH Interface Type


P-BRIDGE-MIB-rfc2674.mib Q-BRIDGE-MIB-rfc2674.mib

Definitions of Managed Objects for Bridges with Traffic Classes, Multicast Filtering and Virtual LAN Extensions

1 Request for Comment

The ONS 15327 MIBs in Table 11-3 are included on the software CD that ships with the ONS 15327. Compile these MIBs in the following order. If you do not follow the order, one or more MIB files might not compile. If you cannot compile the ONS 15327 MIBs, contact the Technical Assistance Center (TAC). See the "Obtaining Technical Assistance" section.

Table 11-3 ONS 15327 Proprietary MIBs 

Module Name






CERENT-454.mib (for ONS 15454 only)


CERENT-GENERIC.mib (for ONS 15327 only)

11.5  SNMP Traps

The ONS 15327 can receive SNMP requests from a number of SNMP managers and send traps to eleven trap receivers. The ONS 15327 generates all alarms and events as SNMP traps.

The ONS 15327 generates traps containing an object ID that uniquely identifies the alarm. An entity identifier uniquely identifies the entity that generated the alarm (slot, port, STS, VT, BLSR, STP, and so on.). The traps give the severity of the alarm (critical, major, minor, event, and so on.) and indicate whether the alarm is service affecting or non-service affecting. The traps also contain a date/time stamp that shows the date and time the alarm occurred. The ONS 15327 also generates a trap for each alarm when the alarm condition clears.

Table 11-4 lists the variable bindings for the ONS 15327.

Table 11-4 SNMP Trap Variable Bindings Used in ONS 15327 




This table holds all the currently raised alarms. When an alarm is raised, it appears as a new entry in the table. When an alarm is cleared, it is removed from the table and all the subsequent entries move up by one row.



This variable uniquely identifies each entry in an alarm table. When an alarm in the alarm table clears, the alarm indexes change for each alarm located subsequent to the cleared alarm.



Time that an event occurred.



Alarm severity and service-affecting status. Severities are minor, major, and critical. Service- affecting statuses are service-affecting and non-service affecting.



Entity type that raised the alarm. The NMS should use this value to decide which table to poll for further information about the alarm.



Every alarm is raised by an object entry in a specific table. This variable is the index of the objects in each table; if the alarm is interface related, this is the index of the interfaces in the interface table.



Indicates the slot of the object that raised the alarm. If a slot is not relevant to the alarm, the slot number is zero.



Port of the object that raised the alarm. If a port is not relevant to the alarm, the port number is zero.



Oobject line that raised the alarm. If a line is not relevant to the alarm, the line number is zero.



TL1-style user-visible name that uniquely identifies an object in the system.

The ONS 15327 supports the generic and IETF traps listed in Table 11-5.

Table 11-5 IETF Traps Supported in the ONS 15327 

From RFC No. MIB



Agent up, cold start.



Agent up, warm start.



Community string does not match.




Sending agent is the new root of the spanning tree.




A port in a bridge has changed from Learning to Forwarding or Forwarding to Blocking.




The entLastChangeTime value has changed.




A dsx1LineStatusChange trap is sent when the value of an instance dsx1LineStatus changes. The trap can be used by an NMS to trigger polls. When the line status change results from a higher-level line status change (such as, DS-3), no traps for the DS-1 are sent.




A dsx3LineStatusLastChange trap is sent when the value of an instance of dsx3LineStatus changes. This trap can be used by an NMS to trigger polls. When the line status change results in a lower-level line status change (such as, DS-1), no traps for the lower level are sent.




The SNMP trap that is generated when an alarm entry crosses the rising threshold and the entry generates an event that is configured for sending SNMP traps.




The SNMP trap that is generated when an alarm entry crosses the falling threshold and the entry generates an event that is configured for sending SNMP traps.

11.6  SNMP Community Names

You can provision community names for all SNMP requests from the SNMP Trap Destination dialog box in CTC. In effect, SNMP considers any request valid that uses a community name matching a community name on the list of provisioned SNMP trap destinations. Otherwise, SNMP considers the request invalid and drops it.

If an SNMP request contains an invalid community name, the request silently drops and the MIB variable (snmpInBadCommunityNames) increments. All MIB variables managed by the agent grant access to all SNMP requests containing a validated community name.

11.7  SNMP Remote Network Monitoring

The ONS 15327 incorporates RMON to allow network operators to monitor the ONS 15327 Ethernet cards. This feature is not apparent to the typical CTC user, because RMON interoperates with an NMS. However, with CTC you can provision the RMON alarm thresholds. For the procedure, see the Cisco ONS 15327 Procedure Guide. CTC also monitors the five RMON groups implemented by the ONS 15327.

ONS 15327 RMON implementation is based on the IETF-standard MIB RFC 1757. The ONS 15327 implements five groups from the standard MIB: Ethernet Statistics, History Control, Ethernet History, Alarm, and Event.

11.7.1  Ethernet Statistics Group

The Ethernet Statistics group contains the basic statistics for each monitored subnetwork in a single table named etherstats.

11.7.2  History Control Group

The History Control group defines sampling functions for one or more monitor interfaces. RFC 1757 defines the historyControlTable.

11.7.3  Ethernet History Group

The ONS 15327 implements the etherHistoryTable as defined in RFC 1757, within the bounds of the historyControlTable.

11.7.4  Alarm Group

The Alarm group consists of a single alarm table. This table provides the network performance alarm thresholds for the network management application. With CTC, you can provision the thresholds in the table.

11.7.5  Event Group

The Event group consists of two tables, eventTable and logTable. The eventTable is read-only. The ONS 15327 implements the logTable as specified in RFC 1757.