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From: Sue Young <syoung@westpac.com.au>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 11:39:42 +1000
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Dear List,

Looking for advice on how others are managing these devices on Netview. We've recently installed 500 Cisco Aironet 1231 Access Points and have run into a few problems. Traps are being sent to a WLSE which in turn forwards traps to Netview. We receive 10 traps per second just to let us know an AP is running OK. If there's a problem, eg. snmp unreachable, we receive 120 traps per sec. (not good). These traps are taking up over 70% of the trapd.log (also not good).

From reading the archives, it appears the WLSE modifies the trap before sending to Netview and a fair bit of work is required to parse these traps into a more meaningful trap to alert the Operators. We're also receiving all AP traps from the WLSE but we really only want to see link up/down and also problems on the radio side of the link. Not sure if the WLSE can be configured to only send these specific traps to Netview (another area looks after the WLSE).

Another option is for the APs to send traps directly to Netview but again we would get flooded with traps we don't want to see. I guess they could be filtered from appearing in the trapd.log but this may mask performance issues caused by the high volume of traps.

Also on the archives, there was mention of collecting SNMP data from the AP mibs (and using snmpColDump) for monitoring the radio side of the APs. Is this the only way (or the best way) to monitor if a radio goes down? This option sounds interesting but would require a fair bit of work in managing and processing the collected data. This would require the APS to be on the Netview maps (they aren't at present since they are DHCP - the ip addresses are only static for as long as the AP is active) so we'd have some ongoing management issues unless we convince the designers to change them to static ip addresses.

If we turn off receiving any traps from the WLSE we can still monitor link up/down on the APS as the switch they are connected to sends trps when a port goes down. However, we'd also like to see when a radio goes down.

How is everyone else handling this? Thanks in advance for any advice..

By the way, we're running 7.1.3 FP3 on unix.

Best Regards,
Sue Young


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