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Setting up SNMP Simulator

The SNMP Simulator software is provided under terms and conditions of BSD-style license, and can be freely downloaded from Source Forge download servers or PyPI. Latest git snapshots can be downloaded from here.

To use Simulator on a Windows machine, simply download and run supplied executable to install pre-compiled binaries and demo data files. The rest of instructions is mostly applicable to other platforms.

Keep in mind that SNMP Simulator is a pure-Python application so make sure you have Python 2.4 ot later (up to 3.3) installed on your system:

$ python -V
Python 2.7.3

Once you get Python running, you could use setuptools Python package management system which would download and install snmpsim and all required packages.

$ easy_install snmpsim

Alternatively, you could install Simulator right from the source code:

$ tar zxf snmpsim-X.X.X.tar.gz
$ cd snmpsim-X.X.X
# python setup.py install
# cd ..
# rm -rf package-X.X.X

In the latter case you may need to also install all required Python packages as well. These are:

  • PyASN1, used for handling SNMP/ASN.1 objects
  • PySNMP, SNMP engine implementation:

    Optional, but recommended:

  • PyCrypto, used by SNMPv3 crypto features (Windows users installing from source need precompiled version)
  • A collection of MIBs in form of PySNMP modules, if you are planning a MIB-based simulation
  • python-libpcap, if you are planning network traffic based simulation

Demo data files and stock variation modules will be installed in a platform-dependent location. Watch installation log for exact location.

You could also put your own SNMP snapshots into your home directory ($HOME/.snmpsim/data) for Simulator to find them there. Watch Simulator output for hints.

In case of any issues, please let us know so we could try to help out.


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