SNMP - Anything But Simple - Page 3

 By Drew Bird
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With all the advantages SNMPv3 offers you might think that everyone who's anyone would be using it, but that's not the case, and it's certainly not for lack of vendor support. All major network hardware vendors including Cisco, Nortel and Intel provide SNMPv3 support. SNMPv3 support in network management software applications is also widespread and has been for some time.

To go back to the original question posed at the beginning of this article, you may now be asking yourself why everyone is not using SNMPv3. For many, it is a case of "If it's not broken don't fix it." The problem with this strategy is that now, with the security problems identified with SNMPv1, even if your SNMP structure is not broken, someone else is likely to try and break it for you.

Drew Bird is a freelance writer, trainer, consultant and technical author with over 13 years of industry experience. He is the author of a number of technical books including the Server+ Study Guide for Coriolis and the Linux+ Study Guide from Osborne McGraw Hill.

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This article was originally published on Feb 25, 2002
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