Talk:Simple Network Management Protocol

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Internet Culture & History - Simplicity & Running Code[edit]

This article deals with the simplicity and absent features (missing complexity) of the SNMP remote management protocol. This question (Why missing?) is an entry point for a missing treatment of the deeper culture and history of this protocol, of the prime mover in its creation Marshall Rose, and of the Internet itself, which these people and that culture created fast and first among many attempts to move global telecommunications from circuit-switched to packet-switched network technology. Rose was also a prime mover in the creation of the Plain Old Postoffice (POP; Post Office Protocol) protocol used by millions to collect their mail.

Here is some inspiration to authors better qualified than I (steal whatever you want, this is Wikiland, plagiarism is free). From "How Anarchy Works -- On location with the masters of the metaverse, the Internet Engineering Task Force." by Paulina Borsook in Wired (quote) MIT professor Dave Clark, one of the grand old men of the Internet, may have unintentionally written the IETF anthem in his A Cloudy Crystal Ball/Apocalypse Now presentation at the 24th annual July 1992 IETF conference. Today, it's immortalized on T-shirts: "We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code." Which might translate to, "In the IETF, we don't allow caucusing, lobbying, and charismatic leaders to chart our path, but when something out on the Net really seems to work and makes sense to most of us, that's the path we'll adopt." (/quote)

After establishing that it was intentional and historically characteristic that the SIMPLE Network Management Protocol be simple, this article can grow and go on to enumerate the development since the 1990s that have strained that simplicity and widening application of the SNMP: cheap memory, ever-larger firmware, protocols with ever more options, very long logs and tables (e.g., router tables, switch tables) that a larger network requires and larger memories can store, and a public and global network that now embraces bad actors.

Much can be taught to many from this little SNMP article. The SNMP is a small, concrete piece of the Internet and its history. We will surprise readers with how much makes sense and is learned. Jerry-VA (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 19:41, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Introduction to SNMP, with an overview of RFCs[edit]

RFC 3410 provides a valuable introduction to the SNMP framework, and an overview of the many RFCs relating to it.

SMUX redirects to this page, but "SMUX" appears nowhere in the article[edit]

What it says on the tin--I hate it when that crap happens. What the heck does it mean for SNMP to be "multiplexed", and is that not important information for this article to contain? Confused and sad. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 134.173.202.203 (talk) 06:11, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

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There should be a History section[edit]

Given how long SNMP has been around (32 years), there should be a History section in this article.

Resource: RFC 1067, from August 1988: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1067

-- Dan Griscom (talk) 14:58, 18 March 2020 (UTC)