Documentation forSolarWinds Platformand Orion Platform

SNMP credentials for the SolarWinds Platform

This topic applies to all SolarWinds Platform products.

SolarWinds Platform supports the following SNMP versions: SNMPv1, SNMPv2, and SNMPv3. SNMP credentials defined for your network are offered in the Network Discovery Wizard. 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.

SNMPv3

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.

Add SNMP credentials

Specify SNMP credentials when adding single nodes or discovering your network. For SNMPv3 credentials, see the Manage SNMPv3 credentials page in the Settings.

Add Node Wizard

  1. In the SolarWinds Platform Web Console, click Settings > Manage Nodes, and click Add Node.

  2. Define the node. In Polling Method, select Most Devices: SNMP and ICMP.

  3. Select the SNMP Version of your new credential and provide the details.

    If you have both read-only and read/write SNMPv3 credentials configured on the device, the SolarWinds Platform may need read/write credentials. For example, read/write privileges may be required by Engineer's Toolset or NPM/NCM, for changing an administrator status on the device.

    Type your read/write credentials in the Read / Write SNMPv3 Credentials section.

    You can save SNMPv3 credentials (username, context, authentication, and encryption) to the credential library for reuse.

    1. Provide the details, type a name for the credentials set, and click Save in the Credential Set Library section.
    2. Click Saved Credential Sets to select a set from the library.
  4. Complete the Add Node Wizard. See Add a single node for monitoring to the SolarWinds Platform.

Network Sonar Wizard

  1. From the Network Sonar Wizard, click Add New Credential.

  2. Select the SNMP Version of your new credential and provide the details.

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

The new credentials are used in the Discovery Wizard, and are stored for further use. See Discover your network for the SolarWinds Platform with the Discovery Wizard.

Manage SNMPv3 Credentials page

  1. Click Settings > All Settings > Manage SNMPv3 Credentials.

  2. Click Add SNMPv3 Credential, provide the details, and save the credentials set.