When you configure the ESXi SNMP agent for SNMP v1 and v2c, the agent supports sending notifications and receiving GET requests.

In SNMP v1 and v2c authentication is performed by using community strings. Community strings are namespaces which contain one or more managed objects. This form of authentication does not secure the communication between the SNMP agent and the management system. To secure the SNMP communication in your environment, use SNMP v3.


To enable the ESXi SNMP agent to send and receive SNMP v1 and v2c messages, you must configure at least one community for the agent.


You can use the ESXi SNMP agent to send virtual machine and environmental notifications to management systems.