Cisco FC Switch Firmware (SNMP) data source

OnCommand Insight uses the Cisco FC Switch Firmware 2.0+ (SNMP) data source to discover inventory for Cisco MDS Fibre Channel switches as well as a variety of Cisco Nexus FCoE switches on which the FC service is enabled. Additionally, you can discover many models of Cisco devices running in NPV mode with this data source.


OnCommand Insight acquires the following inventory information from the Cisco FC Switch data source. For each asset type acquired by Insight, the most common terminology used for this asset is shown. When viewing or troubleshooting this data source, keep the following terminology in mind:

Vendor/Model Term Insight Term
Switch Switch
Port Port
VSAN Fabric
Zone Zone
Logical Switch Logical Switch
Name Server Entry Name Server Entry
Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR) Zone IVR Zone
Note: These are common terminology mappings only and might not represent every case for this data source.



Field Description
Cisco Switch IP IP address or fully-qualified domain name of the switch
SNMP Version SNMP version v2 or later is required for performance acquisition
SNMP Community String SNMP read-only community string used to access the switch (not applicable for SNMP v3)
User Name User name for the switch (SNMP v3 only)
Password Password used for the switch (SNMPv3 only)

Advanced configuration

Field Description
Inventory Poll Interval (min) Interval between inventory polls (default 40 minutes)
SNMP Auth Protocol SNMP authentication protocol (SNMPv3 only)
SNMP Privacy Protocol SNMP privacy protocol (SNMPv3 only)
SNMP Privacy Password SNMP privacy password
SNMP Retries Number of SNMP retry attempts
SNMP Timeout (ms) SNMP timeout (default 5000 ms)
Enable Trapping Select to enable trapping. If you enable trapping, you must also activate SNMP notifications.
Minimum Time Between Traps (sec) Minimum time between acquisition attempts triggered by traps (default 10 seconds)
Discover All Fabric Switches Select to discover all switches in the fabric
Exclude Devices Comma-separated list of device IPs to exclude from polling
Include Devices Comma-separated list of device IPs to include in polling
Check Device Type Select to accept only those devices that explicitly advertise themselves as Cisco devices
Primary Alias Type Provide a first preference for resolution of the alias. Choose from the following:
Device Alias
This is a user-friendly name for a port WWN (pWWN) that can be used in all configuration commands, as required. All switches in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family support Distributed Device Alias Services (device aliases).
Do not report any alias
Port Description
A description to help identify the port in a list of ports
Zone Alias (all)
A user-friendly name for a port that can be used only for zoning configuration
Zone Alias (only active)
A user-friendly name for a port that can be used only for the active configuration. This is the default.
Secondary Alias Type Provide a second preference for resolution of the alias
Tertiary Alias Type Provide a third preference for resolution of the alias
Enable SANTap Proxy Mode Support Select if your Cisco switch is using SANTap in proxy mode. If you are using EMC RecoverPoint, then you are probably using SANTap.
Performance Poll Interval (sec) Interval between performance polls (default 300 seconds)