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SNMPUTIL Fails with "invalid oid <oid name> specified" Error Msg

Article ID: 170326

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

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When you are using the Windows NT Server 4.0 Resource Kit utility SNMPUTIL or another simple network management protocol (SNMP) utility, the command fails with an "invalid oid <oid name> specified" error message.

For example, when you attempt to perform the following "get" command, an error occurs:

C:\PROGRA~1\reskit>snmputil get testmachine public system.sysDescr.0
Error: Invalid oid, system.sysDescr.0, specified.


This is caused by an invalid Mib.bin file in the path.

In the case of the above example, the SNMPUTIL utility uses the Mib.bin file in its current folder (which is the Mib.bin file that ships with the Windows NT Server Resource Kit), instead of the Mib.bin file in the %Systemroot%\System32 folder.


Rename all Mib.bin files in the path except the one in the %Systemroot%\system32 directory.

After this is completed, the SNMP query will work successfully, as follows:

   C:\PROGRA~1\reskit>snmputil get testmachine public system.sysDescr.0
   Variable = system.sysDescr.0
   Value    = OCTET STRING - Hardware: x86 Family 6 Model 1 Stepping 7
   AT/AT COMPATIBLE  - Software: Windows NT Version 4.0  (Build Number:
   1381 Uniprocessor Free)

This behavior is by design.

Keywords: kbnetwork KB170326