In this guide I just install configure SNMP daemon on Centos 7.5 (latest at this writing). 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 using our loved yum.
yum install net-snmp net-snmp-utils
To the configuration; which can be found here : /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf
I however remove the original one -most of the time- and just copy/paste the one I use on all servers; Keep the original for reference, although its very verbose (IMHO)
mv /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf.ori
This is the config I use and why in the comments :
# this create a SNMPv1/SNMPv2c community named "my_servers" # and restricts access to LAN adresses 192.168.0.0/16 (last two 0's are ranges) rocommunity my_servers 192.168.0.0/16 # setup info syslocation "rack 1, room 3, Antwerpen serverrroom" syscontact "Svenn" # open up agentAddress udp:161 # run as agentuser root # dont log connection from UDP: dontLogTCPWrappersConnects yes # fix for larger then 2TB disks (raid!) realStorageUnits 0
Before we can start the service, I like to have SNMP a little less verbose, since by default EVERY connection is logged in rsyslog. Considering I poll every 5 minutes, this adds up in /var/log/messages. So lets down it a bit, this can be done in /etc/sysconfig/snmpd add the following, to reduce the verbosity :
When this has been done, lets open up the Iptables to allow for requests. (change the -s if you have another range!)
iptables -A INPUT -s 192.168.0.0/16 -p udp --dport 161 -j ACCEPT
Starting the daemon
systemctl start snmpd systemctl enable snmpd
extend nfs-server /etc/snmp/nfs-server.sh extend zfs /etc/snmp/zfs-linux extend ups-apcups /etc/snmp/ups-apcups.sh
For more info on these, I would refer to the documentation of LibreNMS.
Testing … 123
On the machine you are installing LibreNMS or any other NMS package try :
snmpwalk -c my_servers -v1 servername SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0
This should return the system description. (only change -c COMMUNITY and -v1 SERVERNAME/IP)
- added the option dontLogTCPWrappersConnects for less verbose setup
- added the option realStorageUnits for a bug work around on large disks (+32TB)
- tested for Centos 7.3 (08/03/2017)
- tested for Centos 7.5, added info on extend option (07/08/2018)