Ross Davis wrote:
>> Anybody got any pointers to information on how OIDs work, are used, etc.?
> Really, I just want to know _why_ exactly SNMP, LDAP and the like use them
> and _how_ they are used! Excuse my ignorance and all that....
OIDs are used for differnet purposes, but almost always to uniqely identify
an object/data type as being contained within a particular category ( eg.
organization, standard, or object class ).
From a telecomms network management point of view where there are many
standards from many different organizations, OIDs are used to uniquely
identify organizations, their subparts, data types, data categories, object
The data types are usually defined in a data description language called ASN.1
(Abstract Syntax Notation version 1). And the OIDs then uniquely identify
the context of the data type.
The objects relating the ASN.1 types together are defiend in a language
called GDMO. These GDMO objects each have an OID of their own.
That should give you enough of the VERY basics to start searching on Google :-)
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