- Query remote devices for software and hardware configurations via SNMP.
- Utilize SolarWinds extensive MIB database of more 250,000 precompiled unique OIDs from hundreds of standard and vendor MIBs – the largest collection in the industry.
- Walk MIB trees to determine which MIBs a particular piece of hardware supports.
The MIB Browser utilizes SolarWinds extensive MIB (Management Information Base) database of more than a thousand standard and proprietary MIBs. A MIB Browser is a core fundamental tool for network engineers. It allows an engineer to query a remote device for software and hardware configurations via SNMP. It also allows an engineer to make changes to the remote device. The remote device could be a router, switch, hub, server, firewall, or any other device that supports SNMP.
The most critical part of any MIB Browser is the number of standard and proprietary MIBs it supports. Without the correct MIBs, the data collected from a remote device is difficult to interpret and use. SolarWinds MIB Browser is shipped with over 250,000 precompiled unique OIDs from hundreds of standard and vendor MIBs – the largest collection in the industry. SolarWinds engineers continually update the MIB database with the latest MIBs. Updates to the MIB database are available periodically to SolarWinds customers who purchase maintenance.
Another common use for a MIB Browser is to find out what MIBs and OIDs are supported on a particular device. The SolarWinds MIB Browser allows an engineer to easily walk any MIB tree (even if the MIB tree is not in the SolarWinds database) and determine what MIBs a particular piece of hardware supports. This is important when determining the SNMP OIDs from which to collect statistics or to monitor. The SolarWinds MIB Browser automatically analyzes the results from each SNMP query and displays the information in a readable form.