Would you like to learn how to enable Cisco SNMP feature using the command-line? In this tutorial, we are going to show you all the steps required to configure the SNMP service on a Cisco Switch 2960 or 3750 using the command-line.

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Tutorial - Enable Cisco SNMP Service

First, you need to access the console of your Cisco Switch.

In our example, we are going to use an Opensource software named Putty and a computer running Windows.

The Putty software is available on the putty.org website.

After finishing the download, run the software and wait for the following screen.

Putty windows

To access the console of a Cisco Switch model 2960 or 3750, you will need to select the Serial Connection category and use the following options:

• Connection type: Serial
• Serial line: COM1
• Speed: 9600

If COM1 does not work you will need to try to use COM2, COM3, COM4 or the next.

cisco switch terminal settings

Using either the console, telnet or ssh, connect to the command-line of your switch and log in with a user who has administrative privileges.

On the prompt screen, enter the administrative login information.

After a successful login, the console command-line will be displayed.


Use the enable command to enter the privilege mode.

Switch> enable

Use the configure terminal command to enter the configuration mode.

Switch# configure terminal

Use the following command to enable and configure the Cisco SNMP service.

Switch(config)# snmp-server community GokuBlack ro
Switch(config)# snmp-server contact Zamasu <zamasu@dbsuper.com>
Switch(config)# snmp-server location Universe10 - IT Room
Switch(config)# exit

The GokuBlack Community has read-only permission on the Cisco Switch.

The contact person responsible for this Switch was configured as Zamasu.

The location of the equipment was configured as the IT Room of Universe 10.

Don't forget to save your switch configuration.

Switch# copy running-config startup-config

You have successfully enabled the Cisco SNMP service.

You have successfully configured the Cisco SNMP service.

To test your Cisco SNMP configuration, use the following commands on a computer running Ubuntu Linux.

# apt-get install snmp
# snmpwalk -v2c -c GokuBlack

Here is a small sample of the SNMPWALK output.

iso. = STRING: "Cisco IOS Software, C2960X Software (C2960X-UNIVERSALK9-M), Version 15.2(2)E6, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
Copyright (c) 1986-2016 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Fri 16-Dec-16 21:27 by prod_rel_team"
iso. = OID: iso.
iso. = Timeticks: (77872563) 9 days, 0:18:45.63
iso. = STRING: "Zamasu <zamasu@dbsuper.com>"
iso. = STRING: "Universe10 - IT Room"

You have successfully tested the Cisco SSH communication using a computer running Linux.