[mrtg] MIB query (re HP/Nortel Blade switches )...

Mersberger, Robert robert.mersberger at goldenliving.com
Mon Feb 2 16:06:38 CET 2009

I will be watching this post because I am in the same situation.  I did some research some time ago but final settled on what I could get.   I would also like better descriptions for the interfaces but I can work with what HP/Nortel provide.

From: mrtg-bounces at lists.oetiker.ch [mailto:mrtg-bounces at lists.oetiker.ch] On Behalf Of Steve Shipway
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 6:21 PM
To: 'Hazell Derek'; 'mrtg at lists.oetiker.ch'
Subject: Re: [mrtg] MIB query (re HP/Nortel Blade switches )...

Possibly, on the Nortel switch, the port descriptions are stored in a different vendor-specific area (cisco do this, but cfgmaker has specific support for the cisco description).  In this case, you'd need to write your own interface template to extract and use them.

Another possibility is that a weird auth rule on the switch is blanking out this specific community from viewing the specified OIDs, but this is less likely.


From: mrtg-bounces at lists.oetiker.ch [mailto:mrtg-bounces at lists.oetiker.ch] On Behalf Of Hazell Derek

By the way, regarding my query about the HP/Nortel blade switches I should have mentioned, when I run snmpwalk against the HP blade switch, that the snmpwalk response is missing the description data, while a similar snmpwalk query against a cisco switch does return the port description data.

So it seems to me that I must do something to the blade switch to make the description data accessible. It also seems to me that I might need to also do something to the mrtg server to make it return this description data. Appreciate any guidance.

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