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	Title		: DHCP Option for SNMP Notifications
	Author(s)	: M. Bakke
	Filename	: draft-bakke-dhc-snmp-trap-00.txt
	Pages		: 4
	Date		: 2002-9-11
	
The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol [RFC1531] provides a method
for a host to retrieve common configuration parameters at boot time.
These include the host's IP address, default gateway, subnet mask,
DNS server, and other useful things.
When a host is booted from the network, it does not have access to
these configuration parameters from its local or network disk right
away; it relies instead on DHCP to provide them.  One such parameter
that is not yet provided is a list of IP hosts to which to send SNMP
notifications [RFC1448] during the boot process, particularly if the
boot fails.  As the host is already gleaning similar information from
DHCP, a new option to specify these SNMP 'trap' hosts appears to be
the simplest method to gain this information.  Hosts not booting from
the network benefit as well, since SNMP notification hosts can now be
configured centrally through DHCP.
This document describes a proposed DHCP option that specifies a list
of SNMP notification hosts to which SNMP notifications should be
sent.

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