Saturday, September 22, 2012

How to enable SNMP Monitoring on Ubuntu Server 12.04.2

Install SNMPD 

$ sudo apt-get install snmpd

Create a backup file of snmpd.conf original file that we will edit later

$ sudo mv /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf.ori

Create the new snmpd.conf file 

$ sudo vim /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf

Add the file with these lines

rocommunity public
syslocation "Your Location"

Then edit the /etc/default/snmpd file

$ sudo vim /etc/default/snmpd

Disable this line below by adding # in front of the line 

#SNMPDOPTS='-Lsd -Lf /dev/null -u snmp -g snmp -I -smux -p /var/run/'

And add a new line 

SNMPDOPTS='-Lsd -Lf /dev/null -u snmp -I -smux -p /var/run/ -c /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf'

Restart the SNMPD service

$ sudo /etc/init.d/snmpd restart
* Restarting network management services

Then you're done!


Anonymous said...

There is no /etc/default/snmpd after installation. Please check your information before publishing.

Anonymous said...

On a new AWS Ubuntu 12.04.1 instance these instructions worked perfectly for me. After installing snmpd /etc/default/snmpd did exist. I'm not sure if it's different for 12.04.2 though.

Thanks Andrew!

House of Verber said...

Yes these instructions worked great. Anonymous #1 is just a Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

Worked perfect on Ubuntu 12.04.. Thanks

Aaron Davidson said...

Worked first time on 12.04.2 - thanks.

danny mulvihill said...

I think anonymous #1 had the same issue as I did.

I did:
sudo apt-get install snmp
and hunted around for /etc/default/snmpd and /etc/snmp to no avail.

You also need to:
sudo apt-get install snmpd

Anonymous said...

This worked for me with the default

SNMPDOPTS='-Lsd -Lf /dev/null -u snmp -g snmp -I -smux -p /var/run/' said...

Works well, Thanks for the writing a good post

Anonymous said...

I've just tried this and got the error below after restart command.

sudo: /etc/init.d/snmpd: command not found

Can anyone help with this?

fyi I am a complete beginner!

dritzz said...

sudo service snmpd restart

they that ;)

aang said...

it works perfectly for my box. thx gan

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

These instructions worked perfectly on an AWS 12.04.3 x64 instance.

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Anonymous said...

thx that worked !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Worked on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server after I tried the command which was mentioned by "dritzz":

sudo service snmpd restart

Thank You!

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what location we need to put in "Your Location"

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Anonymous said...

While I am installing, I got this error:
update-rc.d: warning: start and stop actions are no longer supported; falling back to defaults
update-rc.d: warning: stop runlevel arguments (1) do not match snmpd Default-Stop values (0 1 6)
snmpd was installed; I configured snmpd.conf file and then when I started the service, ı got these error:

[....] Starting snmpd (via systemctl): snmpd.serviceJob for snmpd.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status snmpd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
I uninstall snmp and snmpd, but problem is still exist.
please can you help me?
I dindt found about this issue on forums

Anonymous said...

Worked perfectly for me on Ubuntu 16, exactly as above.

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