When you configure the ESXi SNMP agent for SNMP v1 and v2c, the agent supports sending traps and receiving GET requests. Authentication is provided using community strings.

1

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

2

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

3

If you configure the ESXi SNMP agent for polling, it can listen for and respond to requests from SNMP management client systems, such as GET requests.