How to automatically discover peripherals (printers, switches etc.) and populate your Network Map

Panorama9 can be used to automatically discover devices that responds to SNMP queries. Supported devices include:

  • Printers
  • Switches
  • NAS (Network Attached Storage)
  • UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

The Panorama9 system will use computers and servers that have the P9 Agent installed to locate, monitor and query SNMP enabled devices. Discovery tasks are automatically created by the Panorama9 cloud.

 

Here is what it takes to discover your devices

  1. SNMP version 1 or 2c needs to be enabled on the device.
  2. Let us know which IP ranges in your network we should scan for devices ("Manage" –> "IP ranges").
  3. Make sure there are machines in the above entered ranges that have the P9 agent installed (preferably a server).
  4. If you've got a custom SNMP community string (which is recommended) navigate to"Monitoring" -> "Availability" and scroll down to "Peripherals" -> "SNMP community strings" and enter the string used.

Once configured allow up to one hour before new devices are detected.

Most devices with SNMP enabled are configured with default SNMP community string "public". The Panorama9 system will automatically try with "public", so no need to configure the Dashboard if you haven't changed the SNMP community string.

 

My device is still not being detected, why?

Please make sure that you have followed the steps above. If you made any configuration changes it may take up to 24 hours before the Panorama9 system tries to re-discover your device (if last time failed, there is a cool-down period of 1 day before we try again).

You may also verify how your SNMP enabled device replies to SNMP queries. Building a SNMP query may seem complicated, but here is a guide that will quickly help you determine the problem.

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    Julio Daniel Saavedra

    Which version of SNMP does Panaroma9 supports?

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    Henrik Andersen

    Julio, SNMP versions up to (including) SNMPv2c are supported.

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    Bpelt

    When will Version 3 be supported?

     

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    Bpelt

    When will Version 3 be supported?

     

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    IT-Man

    We are currently not planning on introducing support for SNMP v3.

    We would love to hear if you have devices that only supports SNMP v3

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    Christopher Parnis

    I'm trying to monitor a Dlink DSR series unified router, seems to only have version 3, which I would imagine is why I cannot see it in Panorama. Disappointing.

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    IT-Man

    Hi Christopher,

    Did you try a manual SNMP query? Here's how to do that:
    https://support.panorama9.com/hc/en-us/articles/203568188

    Ensure the device has SNMP enabled and it replies for at least "sysDescr" object (OID: iso.3.6.1.2.1.1.1).

    Your device should support SNMP version 1 and 2.

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    Christopher Parnis

    I did, manual SMTP query worked fine, dumped out pages and pages of data.

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    IT-Man

    Hi Christopher,

    Thanks for your comment, can you send us a support ticket to support@panorama9.com with the details about your SNMP device.

    At the moment we only support UPS, NAS, Switches and printers, that might be some devices in those categories that we can't support because the specific data we need isn't being provided from the device.

    Best regards

    Claus Tjoerndal

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    Ryan Walker

    My Cisco Catalyst 2960-X switch shows up in my Assets. Selecting the Network tab lists all of the ports as "not connected", "n/a" for IP address, the appropriate speed setting of the port, zero errors, and zero or one percent usage. Clicking on an individual port shows usage over time charts. Each port is assigned a VLAN or LAG.
    SNMP configuration is currently: snmp-server community public RO

    Questions:
    Why are the ports listed as "not connected"?
    Why are the ports not reporting IP addresses?
    Why does my Network Map still not populate (presumably due to the previous two questions)?
    What additional snmp setting(s) do I need to give the Catalyst?
    Thanks,
    Ryan

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    IT-Man

    Hi Ryan,
    The request has been created as a support case, we will get back to you asap.

    Best regards
    Claus Tjoerndal