Enabling SNMPv3 service on SLES

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applica­tions 15 SP4
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applica­tions 15 SP3


This document details how to enable SNMPv3 (Simple Network Management Protocol) service on SLES15.


1. If snmpd service is not installed, install the required package:
   zypper in net-snmp

2. Create an SNMPv3 user (snmpuser) with read-only permissions:
    net-snmp-create-v3-user -ro -a snmpuser_authPass -x snmpuser_privPass -a SHA -X AES snmpuser
   The information will be automatically added to the /var/lib/net-snmp/snmpd.conf and /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf configuration files.

   Full command usage:
   net-snmp-create-v3-user [-ro] [-a authpass] [-x privpass] [-a MD5|SHA] [-X DES|AES] [username]

    displays the net-snmp version number

    create an user with read-only permissions

    -a authpass
    specify authentication password

    -x privpass
    specify encryption password

    -X DES|AES
    specify encryption algorithm

3. Start the daemon and set it to start on server boot.
   systemctl enable --now snmpd.service
4. Test the user using snmpwalk from the localhost:
   snmpwalk -u snmpuser -A snmpuser_authPass -a SHA -X snmpuser_privPass -x AES -l authPriv -v3

    The command should return information read by SNMP. If not, check the firewall and make sure to open ports 161 for polling, and 162 for notifications.

Additional Information

Net-SNMP package - http://www.net-snmp.org/


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  • Document ID:000020702
  • Creation Date: 19-Jul-2022
  • Modified Date:19-Jul-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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