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[nv-l] Cisco MDS 9000 traps

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Subject: [nv-l] Cisco MDS 9000 traps
From: "Brinkworth, Rob" <rob.brinkworth@landg.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 10:35:45 -0000
Cc: "Shirley, Tony" <tony.shirley@landg.com>, "Skates, Andy" <andy.skates@landg.com>
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Hi All,

I'm trying to get NetView (7.1.4 FP3 on AIX 5.2) to manage Cisco MDS SAN
switches, in this example a Cisco 9216. I've loaded nearly 100 SAN-related
Cisco SNMPv2 MIB files with the Web Console MIB Loader and mib2trap. Here's
an edited highlight from our trapd.log file showing an example of an
incoming trap:

A fcNameServerNotifications 6 3 3 args: [1]
cisco.ciscoMgmt. (OctetString):.....
A [2] cisco.CiscoMgmt. (Integer): 2
A [3] snmpV2.snmpModules. (IpAddress): ......

In one way this all seems correct. The main trap is correctly getting
resolved to "fcNameServerNotifications" by virtue of the notification
definitions in cisco-ns-mib. However, there are no notification definitions
in cisco-ns-mib to allow the resolution of "..". There are
relevant OBJECT-TYPE entries in the MIB file, but that's no help as they
don't make it to the addtrap commands generated by mib2trap.

My problem is that the information is useless as it stands. If a SAN
specialist was called out-of-hours and passed the information above, it
would be of no help. No other Cisco MIBs appear to mention ciscoMgmt.293. It
seems as if the MIB file has major shortcomings in being of little or no use
in allowing the handling of traps by NMSs, but this seems a bit surprising
for a major player. It strikes me as much more likely that I'm missing a
fundamental point here!

I tried running the SNMPv1 version of the MIB file (cisco-ns-mib-v1smi)
through mib2trap but it doesn't appear to be any better.

Am I missing some crucial piece of the jigsaw here? Any advice gratefully


Rob Brinkworth,
Systems Management Integration Architect.
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