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Host Resources MIB Available on Microsoft Windows NT

Knoxville, TN, October 19, 1998 - SNMP Research International, Inc. announces that Host Resources MIB Subagent on Microsoft Windows NT is now available in order to bring Internet-standard management capabilities to this portion of the corporate information infrastructure. When a corporation wants to know the resources distributed across possibly thousands of Windows NT PCs that it has purchased over time, the network operations center can retrieve that information. When the Host Resources MIB Subagent is installed on those PCs, the information is retrieved via currently available management stations used to monitor the network .

SNMP Research International will be displaying the Host Resources MIB Subagent on Windows NT at its booth at Networld + Interop in Atlanta, booth 7519. More information illustrating the Host Resources MIB Subagent will be found later on its Web site (www.snmp.com).

The Host Resources MIB, RFC 1514, is among the most requested MIB implementations because organizations are seeking to gain a clearer understanding of their current resources in order that they can use these resources more efficiently. In addition the Host Resources MIB (HRM) provides information that will predict which machines need to be upgraded with greater capacity for memory and usage. But, the HRM is a difficult MIB to implement because it requires complex relationships between its MIB objects. In addition it assumes a close dependence between the MIB and the hardware/software platform that it is monitoring. For example, the HRM implemented to run on a Solaris Unix workstation will not easily move to another platform to provide information from a Windows NT PC or an HP-UX workstation. Because of the large installed base of Windows NT PCs, the Host Resources MIB Subagent on Windows NT makes sense.

The HRM instruments in a standard manner certain attributes common to all hosts attached to the Internet whether the host is a PC or a system that runs some variant of Unix. There are six major categories within the HRM; the System Group, the File System Group, the Installed Software Group, Storage Group, Devices Group, and Running Software. Each of these groups addresses a specific aspect of the resources represented by that host.

SNMP Research's HRM is a binary EMANATE® Subagent that will find any EMANATE Master Agent running on the same host. The HRM will automatically link to the Master Agent, which will establish communication between the Subagent and any authorized manager station on the network. If there are other SNMP agents provided natively by the operating system or other applications running on the same host, then the EMANATE Master Agent can establish communication for all agents through the Native Agent Adapter option. In this way the EMANATE Master delivers an SNMP multiplexing service.

SNMP Research International produces a complete family of management products based on SNMPv1, SNMPv2c, SNMPv3, and other protocols for agents, management stations, web-based management, and mid-level managers. These products form the basis of many of today's SNMP products offered by leading networking companies. The founder of SNMP Research, Dr. Jeff Case, has long been a contributor in the area of SNMP and has authored or co-authored many standards documents and articles on the topic. As a result of his efforts, SNMP Research is in a leadership position with respect to defining the standards and constructing implementations based on SNMP, the standard protocol for TCP/IP management.

For further information, contact SNMP Research International, Inc.

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