Hyper-V server is available through two channels. You can install it as a Windows Server role (GUI included), or as a standalone Hyper-V. Hyper-V standalone, also called Server core is a GUI-less product you install on your bare metal and manage it through PowerShell or Hyper-V Manager.
In this article, I’ll show you how to enable SNMP on your Hyper-V server core using PowerShell and Server Manager. For demonstration purposes, I use Hyper-V 2019 Server core? I wrote an interesting article about changes in Windows Server 2022. You can read it here Is This Really the End of Hyper-V Server?
If you are using Windows Server that is Full GUI-based, please check the article Can you still monitor your Windows Server 2022 with SNMP.
Step 1: Install SNMP Service
You need to install the SNMP service using PowerShell.
If you are unsure if SNMP is already installed on your Windows Server Core, you can run the following command to verify it. The “Available” means that service is available, and “Installed” that is installed.
Run the following command to install SNMP Service and press Enter.
You can verify the status of the SNMP service by typing the following command. As you can see SNMP Service is successfully installed.
If you also want to install SNMP WMI Provider, type the following command and press Enter.
Install-WindowsFeature SNMP-Service -IncludeAllSubFeature
You have successfully installed SNMP Service. Now it is time for the configuration part.
Step 2: Configure SNMP Service
There are no PowerShell cmdlets for SNMP administration, hence you need to do create and edit a few registry keys. The registry key for configuring SNMP is located at
However, we can make it easier. Instead of playing with PowerShell and registry keys, you can remotely access SNMP service from Server Manager or MMC (Microsoft Management Console).
- Connect to one of your Windows Servers.
- Open Server Manager and navigate to Tools > Services > Actions > Connect to another computer.
- Type the FQDN of your Hyper-V server and click OK to connect to it. Once you are connected, you can remotely configure SNMP.
- Expand Services and navigate to SNMP Service and then Right click > Properties.
- Click on the Security tab to configure community string and ACL.
- Click on Add… under Community to create a community string. In my case, the community string is called prtgnetworkmonitor
- Select Accept SNMP packets from these hosts and click Add… to add the IP of your NMS (Network Monitoring Solution). In my case, the IP is 192.168.88.21 which is my PRTG Core Server. This means Windows machine will only accept SNMP communication coming and going to my NMS.
- Click Apply and OK and you are done.
Now you can monitor your Hyper-V Server Core using SNMP, or SNMP Traps (requires additional configuration). In my case below, I am monitoring several metrics (uptime, CPU load, RAM, HDD usage, network traffic, and DNS service) by using PRTG and SNMP.
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