A seed file is used to load the SNMPv3 User Security Model (USM) data into the Local Credentials Database (LCD). The SNMP Trap Adapter recognizes SNMPv3 device entries by the engineID/userName pair for a given device listed in the seed file.
A sample seed file is shipped with the either the IP Manager (in the InCharge/IP/smarts/conf/discovery path) or in the Service Assurance Manager software in the InCharge/SAM/smarts/conf/icoi path. The format (syntax) of the seed file used for the SNMP Trap Adapter is the same as it is for the seed file used for discovery purposes by the IP domain manager; however, there may be slight variations in field values when used for IP discovery.
“Editing seed files” on page 96 provides more details about editing seed file entries for use by the SNMP Trap Adapter.
If you plan to use the seed file for both IP discovery and for the SNMP Trap Adapter Scenario 1 (single trap receiver only), then make sure the seed file resides in two places:
If you plan to use the seed file for the SNMP Trap Adapter Scenario 2 (trap exploder), then make sure the seed file is in the following path (not in the InCharge/SAM/smarts/conf/icoi path mentioned above):
BASEDIR/smarts/conf/trapd (where BASEDIR may be either InCharge/SAM/ or InCharge/IP/)
Be sure to use the sm_edit utility to edit the seed file so that passwords will be encrypted.
Verify that the secret phrase used to re-encrypt the seed file matches for all product suites receiving traps from the SNMP Trap Adapter. The VMware Smart Assurance System Administration Guide provides more information about configuring the secret phrase used to encrypt seed files.Note:
Although the SNMP Trap Adapter can parse plain text passwords from unencrypted seed files, VMware strongly recommends that all seed files be encrypted using the sm_edit utility. The VMware Smart Assurance System Administration Guide provides more information.