Network Working Group S. Bostock Request for Comments: 1420 Novell, Inc. Obsoletes: 1298 March 1993
SNMP over IPX
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This RFC specifies an IAB standards track protocol for the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
This document defines a convention for encapsulating Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)  packets over the transport mechanism provided via the Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) protocol .
The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) as defined in  is now used as an integral part of the network management framework for TCP/IP-based internets. Together with its companion standards, which define the Structure of Management Information (SMI) [3,4], and the Management Information Base (MIB) , the SNMP has received widespread deployment in many operational networks running the Internet suite of protocols.
The success of SNMP in the TCP/IP environment has led to its deployment in non TCP/IP-based internets. This specification describes the mapping of SNMP onto the Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) protocol  used in Novell NetWare environments.
As noted in , the preferred mapping for SNMP is onto UDP . As such, this specification is intended for use in environments where UDP transport is not available. No aspect of this specification should be construed as a suggestion that, in a heterogeneous transport environment, a managed agent should support more than one mapping. Conversely, management stations are strongly encouraged to support mappings of SNMP onto all popular transports.
Mapping SNMP onto IPX is straight-forward since IPX provides a datagram service very similar to that provided by IP/UDP.
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Although modifications have been made elsewhere in the NetWare protocol suite, IPX is identical to the Xerox Internet Datagram Protocol (IDP) . The socket address space authority is administered by Novell.
SNMP packets will always set the Packet Type field in the IPX header to 4 (i.e., Packet Exchange Packet).
SNMP protocol entities will receive GetRequest-PDU, GetNextRequest- PDU, and SetRequest-PDU messages on socket 36879 (Destination Socket field set to hexadecimal 900F), and Trap-PDU messages on socket 36880 (Destination Socket field set to hexadecimal 9010).
GetResponse-PDU messages will be addressed to the IPX address and socket from which the corresponding GetRequest-PDU, GetNextRequest- PDU, or SetRequest-PDU originated.
When SNMP traps are sent over IPX, the agent-addr field in the Trap- PDU contains the IP-address "0.0.0.0". An SNMP manager may ascertain the source of the trap based on information provided by the transport service
Although SNMP does not require conformant implementations to accept messages whose length exceeds 484 bytes, it is recommended that implementations support a maximum SNMP message size of 546 bytes (the maximum size allowed under IPX). Furthermore, this limit is the maximum packet length guaranteed to traverse IPX routers which do not provide fragmentation. Implementors may choose to use longer packet lengths if the maximum is known, which depends on the intermediate routers and/or intermediate datalink layer protocols.
 Case, J., Fedor, M., Schoffstall, M., and J. Davin, "Simple Network Management Protocol", STD 15, RFC 1157, SNMP Research, Performance Systems International, Performance Systems International, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, May 1990.
 Novell, Inc., "NetWare System Technical Interface Overview", part number 883-000780-001, June 1989.
 Rose M., and K. McCloghrie, "Structure and Identification of Management Information for TCP/IP-based internets", STD 16, RFC 1155, Performance Systems International, Hughes LAN Systems, May 1990.
 Rose, M., and K. McCloghrie, Editors, "Concise MIB Definitions", STD 16, RFC 1212, Performance Systems International, Hughes LAN Systems, March 1991.
 Rose M., and K. McCloghrie, Editors, "Management Information Base for Network Management of TCP/IP-based Internets", STD 17, RFC 1213, Hughes LAN Systems, Inc., Performance Systems International, March 1991.
 Kastenholz, F., "SNMP Communications Services", RFC 1270, Clearpoint Research Corporation, October 1991.
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 Postel J., "User Datagram Protocol", STD 6, RFC 768, USC/Information Sciences Institute, August 1980.
 Xerox System Integration Standard, "Internet Transport Protocols", XSIS 028112, Xerox Corporation, December 1981.