I have to configure the security settings for the SNMP-Service on a Windows Server. But they are missing!

Here are the facts:

  • OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

  • I installed the SNMP feature and I believe, that I already configured the service (but I forgot to add another IP under Security tab)

  • I know the issue where you have to restart the SNMP-service after you installed the feature to see the Security tab (so I made already some restarts.)

  • My colleague installed now the DC server role.

  • Now I can not see the Security tab anymore (I don't know if it has to do something with the installation of the DC role).

  • I really need SNMP for monitoring reasons. (So please don't advise to use WMI or other things)

  • I used my domain admin when clicking on "SNMP-Service" --> "Properties"

What can I do to see the Security tab again? Or is there a possibility to configure the SNMP service via CMD or PowerShell?

4 Answers 4


You need to install the SNMP Tools feature to get those tab pages, e.g. using the Powershell command Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-SNMP.

Remember to restart the service manager before opening the properties page again.

  • The OP explictly mentioned in the question that he did that.
    – Sven
    Jan 7, 2015 at 9:20
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    @Sven: Where? I don't see that. Neither in the post, nor in the edit history. Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-SNMP seems correct. Just tested in lab. Blog post for background: Josh Ancel, 2013-04-02, Windows Server 2012 No Security Tab in SNMP Mar 10, 2016 at 10:48
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    that helped instantly. May 24, 2016 at 10:34
  • If one just installs SNMP-Service, then they will have the missing configuration tabs under the service. You can then either manage SNMP via GPO or editing the registry. However, as Ingo notes, installing RSAT-SNMP (SNMP Tools) adds in the missing tabs.
    – Andrew S
    Mar 3, 2020 at 21:02

You need to open the services.msc from an elevated command line window (run as admin). Then you'll get the security tab!

  • Some of us IT admins are not using THE domain "administrator" account to manage server. This answer was right on.
    – satoc
    Mar 16, 2020 at 6:27

Workaround: I fixed this via Registry

I found this site for config via registry:

I set up PermittedManagers and ValidCommunities, and now it seems to work for me!



Value name: 1

Value data: (IP address of monitoring server)



Value Data: 4

Value Name: (community string)

(But if anyone has a hint why I can't see the Security tab under Properties I would be grateful anyway!)


I read on another website that closing the service.msc waiting a few seconds and opening it again will make the agent, security and traps tabs appear. Worked for me. https://martcj.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/snmp-service-has-no-agent-traps-or-security-tabs-to-configure-in-windows-2008/

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