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SNMP trap sent from vCenter Server has garbled Japanese characters (2150543)

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Some Monitoring application cannot display SNMP Alert because Japanese characters in SNMP trap is Garbled.

For example:

Sender = TESTSENDER Eventtext = AP:TESTSENDER: ERROR: 106: SNMPトラップを通知しました. (TRAP agent: community:TESTCOMM generic:6 enterprise:enterprises.6876.4.3 specific:201 timestamp:51229600 : (enterprises.6876.4.3.305 [2 6 0] 鮟・牡)(enterprises.6876.4.3.306 [2 87 0] 篁・リャ樞!激リメ・CPU 篏睡売蜴・- (・<ヨ・・ャ・安CPU 篏睡売蜴・[医X喝插・わ紫 = 70%))) NodeName = Timestamp = 20081226144549.000000+540


This issue occurs because SNMP trap triggered from vCenter Server configured with Japanese language use multiple Character codes.

SNMP traps are binary and the contents of string fields can be in any code page. If a third-party application  expects a particular code page, it does not decode vCenter Server traps correctly resulting in garbled values.


This is a known issue affecting vCenter Server 5.5 ,6.0 and 6.5

Currently, there is no workaround or resolution.

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