Enable SNMP on Windows Server 2003/2003R2

Enable SNMP on Windows Server 2003/2003R2

This step-by-step article describes how to configure the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Service in Windows Server 2003/2003R2. We will install SNMP service and configure SNMP security.

SNMP Service Installation

  1. Open Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
  2. In Add or Remove Program, click on Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. In Windows Components Wizard, select Management and Monitoring Tools and then click on Details.
  4. In Management and Monitoring Tools, check the box next to Simple Network Management Protocol.
  5. Click OK to back to Windows Components Wizard.
  6. Click Next to install the selected component.
You need to insert Windows 2003 CD to complete the installation of selected components.

SNMP Security Configuration

  1. Open Windows Services and locate service called SNMP Service then open service properties.
  2. Click on Security tab.
    • In Accepted community names, click add to add the required community name and rights.
    • Select Accept SNMP packets from these hosts option and then click Add to add Hostname, IP Address of the Monitoring Server.
  3. Click OK and then restart SNMP service.


  1. SNMP Communities are case sensitive.
  2. How to enable SNMP on Windows Server with WUG Guru. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NZ4GrRz7bw