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What does 'password is a key' mean?

I recently set snmp configuration and encounter a problem.When I uncheck 'password is a key',the result will be test successful.Otherwise,it will be test failed.Could someone please tell me what does 'password is a key' mean?

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  • I somehow missed this. Thanks for the explanation @Fred.Loucks I wasn't super clear myself and learned a bit too. From the SolarWinds perspective, we don't really have a recommendation on how to configure the SNMP v3 authentication, we just try to support what our customers are running. 

    As a side note, I'll link a Success Center knowledge base article as well, as it gives our recommendations across the platform for secure configurations. This isn't specifically cited in the article, but there are other recommendations you might find useful. 

    Secure Configurations for the SolarWinds Platform

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  • I somehow missed this. Thanks for the explanation @Fred.Loucks I wasn't super clear myself and learned a bit too. From the SolarWinds perspective, we don't really have a recommendation on how to configure the SNMP v3 authentication, we just try to support what our customers are running. 

    As a side note, I'll link a Success Center knowledge base article as well, as it gives our recommendations across the platform for secure configurations. This isn't specifically cited in the article, but there are other recommendations you might find useful. 

    Secure Configurations for the SolarWinds Platform

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