Monitoring with SNMP

SNMP is an effective way to monitor the health of network devices that you cannot monitor with a Server Agent. Our OnSight vCollector enables you to collect SNMP metrics in your account alongside your other monitoring like server health, application metrics, and network uptime and availability.

The first step is to add SNMP credentials to your account, by going to the Settings menu, and selecting Credentials.

Once in the Credential Management portal, you’ll see the option to add a new SNMP credential.

There are a few different variables to fill in, such as the SNMP Label, which is the user friendly reference to the credential. You’ll use this when you are adding the credential to devices in the Panopta control panel. You also have to choose the SNMP version; Panopta supports SNMP v1, v2c, and v3. For v2c, you’ll need the device’s community string. For v3, you’ll need the username and password.

Once the SNMP credential is set up, you have to import your network devices. There are two main ways to accomplish this; manually and with OnSight Discovery. If you want to use OnSight Discovery, or the devices are already in Panopta, you can skip this section.

Adding a network device manually

Using the +Add button at the top, select Network Device.

Add the IP of the device, and select which group to put the device into. You also have the option to add tags or name the device. The next screen will ask for the SNMP credential you set up in the last step.

The next step will give you the option to choose a template. If you don’t have any network device templates at this point, you can just click next.

The last step is to choose which OnSight you’d like to monitor the device from (in the case that you have more than one) and to choose which timeline to use if any outages occur.

After you click Add Device, the new device will populate under the group you selected, and you can add monitoring.

Adding network devices with OnSight Discovery

If you’d like to add Network Devices that your OnSight vCollector has discovered, go to the OnSight page and select Discovered Instances. If you don't know how to set up discovery in your account, click here.

You’ll see the IP or Instance name of the device that had been discovered and the services which were discovered on the device. The checkbox allows for multi-select adding of instances.

Once instances are selected, you choose the destination group and have the option to apply a template.

Panopta enables you to do SNMP monitoring with either traps or polling.