The SNMP agent included with vCenter Server can be used to send traps when the vCenter Server system is started and when an alarm is triggered on vCenter Server. The vCenter Server SNMP agent functions only as a trap emitter, and does not support other SNMP operations, such as GET.

The traps sent by vCenter Server are typically sent to other management programs. You must configure your management server to interpret the SNMP traps sent by vCenter Server.

To use the vCenter Server SNMP traps, configure the SNMP settings on vCenter Server and configure your management client software to accept the traps from vCenter Server.

The traps sent by vCenter Server are defined in VMWARE-VC-EVENT-MIB.mib. See VMWARE-VC-EVENT-MIB.