To enable the vCenter Server Appliance SNMP agent to send and receive SNMP v1 and v2c messages, you must configure at least one community for the agent.

An SNMP community defines a group of devices and management systems. Only devices and management systems that are members of the same community can exchange SNMP messages. A device or management system can be a member of multiple communities.


  1. Access the appliance shell and log in as a user who has the administrator or super administrator role.
    The default user with super administrator role is root.
  2. Run the snmp.set --communities command to configure an SNMP community.
    For example, to configure public, east, and west network operation center communities, run the following command:
    snmp.set --communities public,eastnoc,westnoc
    Each time you specify a community with this command, the settings you specify overwrite the previous configuration.
    To specify multiple communities, separate the community names with a comma.