SNMP Systems

    To start the wizard for inventorying SNMP systems, click the Network Scan or SNMP button on the Inventory ribbon. The SNMP step will be displayed after you have selected a company and a domain (see: Basic Steps).

    Scanning SNMP Systems

    For SNMP systems v1, v2 and v3 you can be determine whether the data of the SNMP systems, the topology, or both should be inventoried. If not all the data is needed, the duration of the SNMP Inventory can be shortened by this selection.

    If a firewall notification is triggered due to the large number of ping queries during the search of the IP ranges, the number of parallel pings can be limited during the search.

    Docusnap Inventory SNMP Systems

    Fill in the IP from, IP to, Community and Timeout fields to define the IP range to be scanned. The Description field supports the assignment of networks. The Community input field supports several values, separated by commas, which are used during the inventory. After you have added the desired ranges to the IP Ranges list, you can specify for each range whether or not the inventory scan should be performed by enabling / disabling the checkbox next to it.

    If several IP ranges are to be taken into account in the inventory, there is the option of importing them directly from a CSV file using the Load list button. In the CSV file, the values for IP from, IP to, Community and Timeout must be listed in exactly this order separated by “;”, the Description field is optional. If a line doesn’t match this format, this one will be omitted.

    Example of a CSV file with several community values

    IP from;IP to;Community;Timeout;Description;;public;2500;Productive Network Outbuilding;;private, public, test, special;5000;Testnet

    In SNMP inventory, Docusnap attempts to obtain data from the SNMP device through the v2 protocol. If this request does not work, a new request is started over the v1 protocol. For some SNMP devices, a request via the v2 protocol may cause the device to be unavailable for a few seconds via SNMP. In this case, you can choose to run the v1 protocol first. If a device can not be inventoried correctly, it is possible that the required data can be successfully collected by activating the Use v1 Preferably checkbox.

    Scanning Systems using the SNMP v3 Protocol

    The next step is the inventory of systems that support SNMP v3. The main difference between SNMP v3 and SNMP v1/v2 is that credentials can be defined for these systems instead of a community.

    Docusnap Inventory SNMP v3 Systeme

    The New button can be used to choose whether an inventory of Individual Systems or via an IP Range should be carried out. In the corresponding follow-up dialog, the login credentials matching the configured security level of the systems are entered. If the same credentials have already been saved for another system, they can be used for the current entry by selecting them in the Apply credentials combo box.

    Docusnap Inventory SNMP v3 Information

    Clicking the Edit button opens the SNMP v3 Credentials dialog for the selected system and the credentials can be edited.

    If several individual v3 systems with different credentials or network information are to be inventoried, there is the option of CSV import. Click on the Load list button to open the selection dialog. In the CSV file, the values must be entered in the following order, separated by “;”: System name or IP address; USM user; Auth algorithm; Auth password; Privacy algorithm; Privacy password; Context name; Timeout. If the other v3 systems have the same credentials, it is sufficient to specify only the system name or IP address. If new credentials are specified, these in turn apply to further entries.

    Example for CSV file


    The inventory of IP ranges for SNMP v3 systems is similar to the inventory of individual systems. The New button can be used to open the dialog for the credentials via New IP Range. The range is then defined by IP from and IP to instead of a system name or IP address.

    Docusnap Inventory SNMP v3 IP Range Information

    IP ranges can also be imported via CSV import using the Load List button. The structure of the CSV file remains unchanged, just enter the desired IP range instead of the system name or an IP address.

    Example for CSV file IP ranges;Docusnap;SHA;secret;DES;secret;kontext;2600

    Credentials are saved for each table entry in the wizard so that they are available the next time it is opened. By clicking the Load Already Known Systems from Database button SNMPv3 systems including their credentials can be reloaded. This eliminates the need to reenter devices that have already been inventoried with another wizard or that have been deleted from the wizard.

    After the desired systems have been added, the checkbox can be used to specify whether an inventory of the respective system or IP range should be included.

    By default, Docusnap inventories SNMP systems based on their system names. If a network includes multiple SNMP systems with the same system name, the results for all corresponding systems will be grouped under this system name. If you want to obtain individual results for each of these systems, you can specify to identify SNMP systems by their DNS names (on the Inventory page of the Options - Inventory dialog).

    The large number of network requests from the SNMP scans may lead to warnings when using safety and monitor solutions.

    Additional Tools Telnet/SSH

    Basically, this function is similar to the Additional Tools already available in Docusnap, which optionally executes commands on the target system during the Windows inventory and then saves the execution results in Docusnap.

    Additional Tools Telnet/SSH provides this feature for the SNMP inventory, but uses the Telnet or SSH protocols for data retrieval. Data retrieval via this function is currently only possible for SNMP devices of type Switch.

    To use this feature in SNMP inventory, it must be enabled in the Options - Inventory dialog in the Show Features section of the wizard by selecting the Telnet/SSH (Preview) additional programs option.

    This optional inventory step allows to select previously inventoried switches and to query additional information with an appropriate command sequence.

    Docusnap Inventory SNMP Additional Tools

    You can use the Add button in the subsequent dialog to specify the command sequences for all switches already entered.

    The timeout value defines how long Docusnap waits for a response from the SNMP device before aborting the sequence. The user and password for the login must also be entered. The user entered here must have the appropriate rights. With HP switches, for example, it would be possible to log on to the switch as “Operator”. However, this user is not authorized to read out the switch configuration. The user “admin” is required for this.

    Finally, the dialog can be exited via the Save button or the credentials can be verified beforehand via Check connection and save.

    Docusnap Inventory add SNMP Additional Tools

    Docusnap provides two simple templates for command sequences. Here, a configuration query is created on a switch (without manufacturer reference). The example is available for calling via Telnet and via SSH.

    Other command sequences can be created by the user in the Docusnap Management.