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Agent Settings

When you first start MIB Views, or when you open a new window, you'll be presented with the Agent Settings dialog. When you open new windows, the defaults are initialized to the settings of the window you opened from, making it easy to have multiple windows with only slightly different settings, if desired. You can change settings for the window later by selecting the FileAgent Settings menu item, or by clicking on the (icon)Agent Settings button or open a previously saved agent's configuration using the Open button.

MIB Views allows you to save agent configurations to file to make it easier to manage multiple configurations with different security parameters. For security, it is recommended that you save agent files to a secure location, such as an encrypted filesystem or directory only readable by you. MIB Views will not save SNMPv3 passwords or unlocalized keys in the agent file, but it will save SNMPv1/v2c community strings and SNMPv3 localized keys, which are not encrypted in the save file. Localization uses a one-way hash function to convert a password, which may be the same on different devices, to a key that is unique to each device. Localized key disclosure will allow access to the device it is localized to, but not to other devices that may use the same password.
Agent Settings

Figure - Agent Settings Dialog

MIB Views supports community-based SNMPv1 and SNMPv2, as well as the current and more secure standard, SNMPv3, with authentication and privacy (encryption). The following settings are available:

The IP address or hostname of the agent to manage.
The UDP port the agent listens to for requests (normally 161).
The SNMP version (SNMPv1, SNMPv2c, or SNMPv3)
Read Community
The community string to use for SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c read operations (get, get-next, and get-bulk).
Write Community
The community string to use for SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c write (set) operations.
User Name
The user name to use for all SNMPv3 operations.
The authentication secret (password, unlocalized key, or localized key) and protocol (HMAC-MD5-96 or HMAC-SHA-96) to use for SNMPv3 authentication.
The privacy secret (password, unlocalized key, or localized key) and protocol (DES/CBC or AES128/CFB) to use for SNMPv3 encryption.
The number of milliseconds to wait after a request is sent and no response is received before retrying (resending) the request or timing out.
The number of times that MIB Views should retransmit the request if no response is received. Does not include the initial request, so a Retries value of 0 means to send the request once and never retry.
Total Time
The total time (in milliseconds) that a request may take before timing out if no response is ever received. This is derived from the Timeout and Retries settings.

Once you've specified agent settings, click the "Ok" button to try contacting the agent. If a response is received, the settings will be committed and you'll be able to interact with the agent using the main MIB Views window. You can reset any changes you've made to prior committed settings by pressing the "Revert" button. The "Cancel" button is the same, but also closes the Agent Settings dialog. The "Open" button cancels the Agent Settings dialog and instead prompts for an saved agent file to open.

Specifying Security Parameters in Hex

Security parameters (community strings, user name, passwords, and keys) can be specified either as plain text or in hex. To specify a value in hex, use colon-delimited bytes and surround the value in single quotes (such as '01:23:ab:cd:ef' for a 5-byte string). To suppress conversion from hex, surround the value in pairs of single quotes: the outer pair will be stripped and the remaining string will be treated as literal (such as ''01:23:ab:cd:ef'' for the 16-character inner string).

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