Configuring the SNMP settings on a Cisco MDS 9000 series Fabric switch.

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is used to monitor network attached devices. Any changes in the status of the monitored device is transmittted to an SNMP log collection server. The server can be configured to send out notifications to the network administrator.

I will list and explain the steps to configure SNMP on Cisco MDS 900 series Multilayer Fabric switch using the CLI.

Logon to the cisco swith CLI console. You use telnet over the network or via a serial cable connected to the console port.

Enter the configuration mode with the config t command.
cisco# config t
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.

This step is not necessary to configure SNMP, but while you are in the configuration mode you might as well create an administrative username for youself.
cisco(config)# username myadminid password topsecret role network-admin

Configure the remote snmp server IP address, using SNMP version 2c, with a SNMP community name of monitor-me. You can get this information from the administrator who is responsible for the management server, if that is not you.
cisco(config)# snmp-server host version 2c monitor-me

Define the SNMP community name.
cisco(config)# snmp community monitor-me

Exit the configuration mode.
cisco(config)# exit

Save the changes.
cisco# copy running-config startup-config

Now configure the Cisco MDS 9000 switch on the network monitoring server. This is the server that has the IP address of

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