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Muonics Releases MIB Smithy 1.1 Visual MIB Design Software

By Wayne Kawamoto (Send Email)
Posted Nov 20, 2002


Muonics Tuesday released version 1.1 of its MIB Smithy software product. MIB Smithy offers SNMP developers, Management Information Base designers, and Internet draft authors a visual GUI-based environment for designing, editing, and compiling modules. Version 1.1 adds MIB validation capabilities, 'best common practice' design, and potential issues that may limit compatibility with some MIB compilers.

MIB Smithy provides a visual GUI-based environment for designing, editing, and compiling Management Information Base (MIB) modules according to the SMIv1 and SMIv2 (Structure of Management Information) standards. The product is designed for SNMP developers, MIB designers and Internet-draft authors

Version 1.1 adds new MIB validation capabilities, including more than 500 checks for SMI compliance, "best common practice" design, and potential issues that may limit compatibility with some MIB compilers.

"Many MIB compilers tend towards being either too inflexible or too lax in their validation, often reporting a vague 'syntax error' with a line number, or not noticing and reporting the error at all," says MIB Smithy author Michael Kirkham. "This leads to interoperability problems when trying to use an authored MIB module with other MIB compilers."

Once loaded, MIB Smithy validates each module, cross-checks dependencies on other modules, and reports on the full contextual name with problem description or suggested corrections for any definition in error. MIB Smithy will also warn the user about areas of technically valid SMI known to be unsupported or problematic for some compilers.

"Users can now both design their modules within the environment, and be sure that they are complete and compatible with their customers' SNMP libraries and applications," says Kirkham.

The new version contains improved SMI conversion capabilities, functionality to automatically correct a wider variety of common errors, and bug fixes. It is available at no charge to licensed users.

MIB Smithy is available for Solaris, FreeBSD, Linux, and Windows platforms. An evaluation version can be downloaded from company's Web site.

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