Install SNMP on Windows Server 2012

SNMP is deprecated. Instead, use the Common Information Model (CIM), which is supported by the WS-Management web services protocol and implemented as Windows Remote Management.”

– Microsoft (

One new “feature” of Windows Server 2012 is that Microsoft has kindly removed the useless and bothersome SNMP service by default.  #SARCASM

That’s great news if you’re an Admin who works for a company that uses an SNMP-based monitoring solution, doesn’t care about up-time and are tired of being jolted awake when a system goes down at 03:00.  But it’s terrible news if you work for a company that that uses an SNMP-based monitoring solution and actually has uptime goals that your department must meet.

Personally, every company that I have worked for belongs in the latter category and SNMP is something we’ll be relying on for the foreseeable future.  If you can say the same for yourself and are reliant on SNMP, then never fear.  Although SNMP is not an out-of-the-box feature on Server 2012, it is easily installed.

  • From the Control Panel, in the “Programs” heading, choose “Turn Windows features on or off”.
  • Select the “Role-based or feature-based installation” and choose next.
  • Choose “Select a server from the server pool” and in the Server Pool area, select the server you wish to install SNMP on.  Click next.
  • Click next on the “Select server roles” page.
  • In the “Select features” page, scroll down to “SNMP Service” in the Features box and check the box to the left.  Click next.


  • Click Install on the confirmation page.
  • Once the install completes, you can go in to Services and configure SNMP.  You may notice that there are several familiar tabs such as Agent and Traps missing.  These require an additional installation.
  • Go back into Control Panel  >  “Turn Windows features on or off”
  • Click next until you get back to the “Select features” page.

– Once there, scroll down to and expand “Remote Server Administrator Tools”

– Expand “Feature Administration Tools”

– Select “SNMP Tools” and click next.



  •  Click Install on the confirmation page.
  • Reboot the server for good measure, after which you will have all of your old, familiar SNMP tabs as well as the SNMP Trap service available to you.