37.6 Using an SNMP Management Console

You can monitor the POA from SNMP management and monitoring programs. When properly configured, the POA sends SNMP traps to network management consoles for display along with other SNMP monitored programs.

Although the POA is SNMP-enabled by default, the server where the POA is installed must be properly configured to support SNMP, and the POA object in eDirectory must also be properly configured. To set up SNMP services for your server, complete the following tasks:

37.6.1 Setting Up SNMP Services for the POA

Select the instructions for the platform where the POA runs:

Linux: Setting Up SNMP Services for the POA

The Linux POA is compatible with NET-SNMP. An older version of SNMP called UCD-SNMP cannot be used with the Linux POA. NET-SNMP comes with OES Linux, but it does not come with SLES. If you are using SLES, you must update to NET-SNMP in order to use SNMP to monitor the Linux POA.

  1. Make sure you are logged in as root.

  2. If NET-SNMP is not already set up on your Linux server, use the following command to configure SNMP:

    snmpconf -g basic_setup

    The snmpconf command creates the snmpd.conf file in one of the following directories, depending on your version of Linux:

  3. Locate the snmpd.conf file on your Linux server.

  4. In a text editor, open the snmpd.conf file and add the following line:

    dlmod Gwsnmp /opt/novell/groupwise/agents/lib/libgwsnmp.so

  5. Save the snmpd.conf file and exit the text editor.

  6. Restart the SNMP daemon (snmpd) to put the changes into effect.

    IMPORTANT:Make sure that the SNMP daemon always starts before the POA starts.

  7. Skip to Section 37.6.2, Copying and Compiling the POA MIB File.

Windows: Setting Up SNMP Services for the POA

SNMP support is provided for up to eight Windows POAs on the same Windows server. Upon startup, each instance of the POA is dynamically assigned a row in its SNMP table. View the contents of the POA MIB for a description of the SNMP variables in the table. See Section 37.6.2, Copying and Compiling the POA MIB File for more information about MIB files.

On Windows Server 2008, the SNMP Service is usually not included during the initial operating system installation. The SNMP Service can be easily added at any time. To add or configure the SNMP Service, you must be logged in as a member of the Administrator group.

To set up SNMP services for the Windows POA, complete the following tasks:

Installing SNMP Support on Windows Server 2008
  1. In the Control Panel, click Programs and Features.

  2. Click Turn Windows features on or off to open the Server Manager.

  3. Click Features > Add Features.

  4. In the Features list, expand SNMP Services, then select SNMP Service.

  5. Click Next, then click Install.

  6. When the installation is finished, click Close, then exit the Server Manager.

  7. Skip to Installing GroupWise Agent SNMP Support.

Installing SNMP Support on Windows Server 2003
  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.

  2. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.

  3. Select Management and Monitoring Tools.

  4. Click Details, then select Simple Network Management Protocol.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the SNMP Service.

  6. Continue with Installing GroupWise Agent SNMP Support.

Installing GroupWise Agent SNMP Support

The GroupWise Agent Installation program includes an option for installing SNMP support. However, if the server where you installed the agents did not yet have SNMP set up, that installation option was not available. Now that you have set up SNMP, you can install GroupWise agent SNMP support.

At the Windows server where you want to install the GroupWise agent SNMP support:

  1. Run setup.exe at the root of the downloaded GroupWise 2012 software image.

  2. Click Install GroupWise System, click Yes to accept the License Agreement, then click Next to perform a standard installation.

  3. Select Install individual components, deselect GroupWise Administration, then click Next.

  4. On the Installation Path page, browse to and select the path where the agent software is installed, then select Install and Configure SNMP for GroupWise Agents.

  5. Continue through the rest of the installation process as prompted by the Agent Installation program.

    The Agent Installation program copies the SNMP support files to the agent installation directory, makes the appropriate Windows registry entries, and restarts the Windows SNMP service.

  6. Continue with Copying and Compiling the POA MIB File.

37.6.2 Copying and Compiling the POA MIB File

An SNMP-enabled POA returns information contained in a Management Information Base (MIB). The MIB is an ASCII data structure that defines the information gathered. It also defines the properties that can be monitored and managed on the SNMP-enabled POA.

Before you can monitor an SNMP-enabled POA, you must compile the gwpoa.mib file using your SNMP management program. GroupWise agent MIB files are located in the /agents/snmpmibs directory of your GroupWise software distribution directory or the downloaded GroupWise 2012 software image.

The MIB file contains all the Trap, Set, and Get variables used for communication between the POA and management console. The Trap variables provide warnings that point to current and potential problems. The Set variables allow you to configure portions of the application while it is still running. The Get variables display the current status of different processes of the application.

  1. Copy the gwpoa.mib file to the location required by your SNMP management program.

  2. Compile or import the gwpoa.mib file as required by your SNMP management program.

  3. Continue with Configuring the POA for SNMP Monitoring.

37.6.3 Configuring the POA for SNMP Monitoring

In order for SNMP monitoring programs to monitor the POA, the POA must be configured with a network address and SNMP community string.

  1. In ConsoleOne, browse to and right-click the POA object, then click Properties.

  2. Click GroupWise > Network Address to display the Network Address page.

  3. Click the pencil icon to provide the TCP/IP address of the server where the POA runs, then click Apply.

  4. Click GroupWise > Agent Settings, then scroll to the bottom of the settings list.

  5. Provide your system SNMP community GET string, then click OK.

  6. Configure the SNMP Service with the same community GET string:

    1. On the Windows desktop, click Start > Administrator Tools > Services.

    2. Right-click SNMP Service, then click Properties.

    3. Click Security, then click Add in the Accepted community names list.

    4. In the Community Name field, specify your system SNMP community GET string.

    5. In the Community Rights drop-down list, select READ WRITE.

    6. Click Add to add the community string to the list, then click OK to close the SNMP Properties page.

  7. Restart the POA.

    The POA should now be visible to your SNMP monitoring program.