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If you want to use SNMPv2 or SNMPv3 to manage your Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System, you must

  • Install the ‘SNMP Service’ Windows Feature, and
  • Create your community string(s)

on each server you wish to manage. Read on for a simple guide.

First, install the feature (be sure not to install the SNMP Server feature):


WinKey + R, type services.msc and hit Enter. Right-click SNMP Service and select Properties:


In the Security tab, Add a community name, selecting READ ONLY or READ WRITE and entering your chosen string. Be sure you understand the implications of either type of string:


Choose to either accept SNMP packets from any host or from specific hosts. Can be a host name or IP address:


Your server is now ready to receive and process SNMP packets.