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Starting SNMP service with vicfg-snmp sometimes fails (1010811)

Details

  • Starting the SNMP service by running vicfg-snmp sometimes fails with the¬†error:

    # snmpwalk -m all -c public -v1 <IP address> enterprises.6876
    Timeout: No Response from <ip-address>


  • The problem occurs under different conditions on ESX and ESXi systems.

  • When you run the vicfg-snmp vSphere CLI command on ESX systems, the SNMP service starts successfully.
    However, if you later attempt to access the service by running snmpwalk, the call to snmpwalk times out and displays the error.

  • When you run the vicfg-snmp vSphere CLI command on ESXi systems, the SNMP service starts successfully and you can run snmpwalk to access the service. However, if you disable SNMP and then enable it, a call to snmpwalk fails

Solution

This issue occurs if the snmpd process fails to start after it was manually stopped and is fixed in the ESX 4.0 U1 release. For more information updating your product see Upgrade paths for ESX or ESXi 2.x, 3.x, 4.x hosts (1019239).
 
To work around this issue, restart the the ESX hosts management agents. For more information, see Restarting the Management agents on an ESX or ESXi Server (1003490).

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