One of my popular videos is “Enabling SNMP on Windows 7, which comes to no surprise when you consider the tremendous value and visibility you get from good old SNMP.
Let me start with a bit of a disclaimer and clarification; I am not proposing that you enable SNMP on all your PC’s. This is just something I do selectively to get more visibility while troubleshooting.
There many reasons and scenarios why I do this.
The most common is when I don’t have SNMP access to network equipment due to access-lists, or just corporate protocol. Sometimes I am working with the desktop or application group and need to figure out how much data the computer/application is transmitting. To top it off, there are many applications that can gather great stats like disk space, memory and services running via SNMP.
By using SNMP I don’t need the client’s login credentials or have them physically around when I need some stats. And if I’m fortunate enough to get SNMP access to network equipment, I don’t have to ask for login credentials.