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SNMP credentials for the Orion Platform

This topic applies to all Orion Platform products.

The SNMP Credentials page displays a list of all the SNMP credentials that are defined for your network. Community strings are displayed for SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c credentials, and the User and Context are displayed for SNMPv3 credentials.

The default SolarWinds Orion community strings for SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c devices are public and private.

Make sure the most frequently used credentials are on the top of the list to make the discovery faster.

Add SNMP credentials

  1. From the Network Sonar Wizard, click Add New Credential.
  2. Select the SNMP Version of your new credential, provide the details, and then click Add.


    SNMPv3 is a secure version of the protocol that adds authentication and/or encryption. It may require additional configuration on your devices.

    To poll the device with SNMPv3, specify the credentials, the authentication, and encryption.

    If you have both read-only and read/write credentials configured on the device, you may also need to provide the read/write credentials. To enable Orion Platform products to execute commands that require read/write privileges, type your read/write credentials in the Read / Write SNMPv3 Credentials section. Read/write privileges may be required by Engineer's Toolset or NPM/NCM, for example for changing an administrator status on the device.

    You can save the credentials (username, context, authentication, and encryption) to the credential library for reuse directly from the Add Node wizard. Provide the details, type a name for the credentials set and click Save in the Credential Set Library section. Click Saved Credential Sets to select a set from the library.

The new credentials are used in the Discovery Wizard, and are stored for further use.