SolarWinds Articles

I’ve been writing some articles over in the Solarwinds Geek Speak community and other areas of the site covering fun things like SNMP, syslog and disaster recovery stuff. You can check them out here.

Syslog – The Blue-Collar Worker Of The Data Center

SNMP – It’s Not a Trap!

This is a Disaster! Knowing When to Call It

Disaster Recovery – How Logging Can Help Ensure You’ll Get There

Disaster Recovery – The Postmortem

Cisco – Reset snmp user password

More often than not, I have problems with Cisco MDS switches because I’ve done something stupid. For example, last week I replaced some switch configs but did something to the password for the snmp admin user. As a result, I could log into the switch with admin credentials, and I could see the switch in DCNM, but I couldn’t access it using SNMP credentials. It’s a simple fix, for I’m a simple fellow.

switch1# conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
switch1(config)# snmp-server user admin network-admin auth md5 yourpasswordgoeshere
switch1(config)# exit
switch1# copy run start
[########################################] 100%
Copy complete, now saving to disk (please wait)...
switch1#