How to install SNMP service on Proxmox

In this guide I just install configure SNMP daemon on Proxmox. SNMP is used to read out the state of the machine, this includes CPU, network (-traffic, -settings,…), memory, … I can suggest LibreNMS, for the monitor. Back to setting SNMP daemon up !

Install the service

  • apt-get install snmpd

Config the service

I like to backup the original configuration (for documentation) :

  • mv /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf.ori

Then I create the config file : /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf

  • # this create a SNMPv1/SNMPv2c community named “my_servers”
  • # and restricts access to LAN adresses (last two 0’s are ranges)
  • rocommunity my_servers
  • # setup info
  • syslocation “rack 1, room 3, serverrroom”
  • syscontact “Svenn”
  • # open up
  • agentAddress udp:161
  • # run as
  • agentuser root
  • # dont log connection from UDP:
  • dontLogTCPWrappersConnects yes
  • # fix for disks larger then 2TB
  • realStorageUnits 0

If needed add an exception to the firewall :

  • iptables -A INPUT -s -p udp –dport 161 -j ACCEPT

And start the service :

  • # debian starts services on install
  • service snmpd restart

And enable by default :

  • update-rc.d snmpd enable


after that its time to test if the connection works from the server that is going to listen to the snmpd :

  • snmpwalk -c my_server -v1 servername SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0

This should return something like :

  • SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = STRING: Linux …

That’s it, happy tracking !

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