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Cluster Switch health monitor is reporting 'Invalid SNMP Setting' in 9.8 and later

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Applies to

  • Cluster Network Switch
  • ONTAP 9.8


  • In ONTAP 9.8 and later, an attempt to create a cluster switch entry using the commands 'system cluster-switch create' or 'system switch ethernet create' fails with the following error message:

::> set advanced
::*> system switch ethernet create -device switch1 -address -model OTHER -type cluster-network -is-monitoring-enabled-admin true
Error: SNMP validation request timed out. Verify that the "-community-or-username" value is valid.

  • The 'Reason' field of the 'system cluster-switch show' command output has the value 'Invalid SNMP Settings'
::> system cluster-switch show -type cluster-network
Switch Type Address Model
--------------------------- ------------------ ---------------- ---------------
switch1 cluster-network N9K-C9336C-FX2
Serial Number: XXXXXXXX
Is Monitored: false
Reason: Invalid SNMP Settings
Software Version: Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) Software, Version
Version Source: CDP/ISDP
  • There are no network connectivity issues between ONTAP and the switch

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