What port is that system on anyways? C#, SNMP and Dell Switch Ports

If any of you have ever tried hunting down a port when the network goes out on a punch down only to realize your documentation hasn’t been kept up on will appreciate this one.  After digging through many unanswered threads, the very few well written blogs on the subject I managed to find a decent method for correlating a switch port to a host name.

It’s not something you would use all the time, but when you need it, you need it.

I have to give thanks to the creators of SnmpSharpNet and to the article that helped me find the correct OID for Dell Switch Ports by Geoff Garside as they were essential in creating this project.

While this article pertains primarily to Dell Switches, since that’s what I had to work with, it could easily be setup to work with HP by changing the OID and possibly others by tweaking the SNMP portion. The OID for Dell switches, at least 3500 and 5500 Series based on experience and other articles is though there is a good chance it will work with any of them.

I decided on a WPF application this time around since you can create a list of custom objects and have it displayed on a DataGrid in a single line of code, very cool stuff.


using SnmpSharpNet;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Linq;
using System.Net;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Data;
using System.Windows.Documents;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Imaging;
using System.Windows.Navigation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;

namespace PortMapper
    /// <summary>
    /// Interaction logic for MainWindow.xaml
    /// </summary>
    public partial class MainWindow : Window
        public MainWindow()

        List<KeyValuePair<string, string>> portList = new List<KeyValuePair<string, string>>();
        List<Portmap> portMaps = new List<Portmap>();

        public class Portmap
            public string Hostname { get; set; }
            public string Port { get; set; }
            public string IP { get; set; }
            public string MAC { get; set; }

        private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            IPAddress ip = IPAddress.Parse("");
            IPAddress ip2 = IPAddress.Parse("");
            SnmpWalk(ip, "community", "", "1");
            SnmpWalk(ip2, "community","", "2");
            DhcpQuery("netsh", "dhcp server \\\\servername scope show clients", "192");
            List<Portmap> gridResults = new List<Portmap>();
            //Example of filtering uplink ports from other switches
            foreach(Portmap portMap in portMaps)
                if (portMap.Port != "1/2/48" && portMap.Port != "2/1/48")
            PortMapGrid.ItemsSource = gridResults;
        //Use NETSH to retrieve a list of DHCP MAC and IP addresses
        private void DhcpQuery(string cmd, string args, string subnet)
            ProcessStartInfo procStartInfo = new ProcessStartInfo();
            procStartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true;
            procStartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
            procStartInfo.FileName = cmd;
            procStartInfo.Arguments = args;
            procStartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;
            string output;
            using (Process proc = Process.Start(procStartInfo))
                output = proc.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd();

            //Find valid leases in command output
            string[] lines = output.Split(new string[] { Environment.NewLine }, StringSplitOptions.None);
            List<string> leases = new List<string>();
            foreach (string line in lines)
                if (line.StartsWith(subnet))

            //Create threads
            Thread[] threadArray = new Thread[leases.Count];
            int threadcount = 0;

            //Loop each Dhcp Lease
            foreach (string line in leases)
                string[] pieces = line.Split('-');
                string ipAddress = pieces[0].Trim();
                string mac = "";
                string hostname = "";
                foreach (string piece in pieces)
                    if (piece.Trim().Length == 2)
                        mac += piece;

                ThreadStart start = delegate
                    hostname = GetHost(ipAddress);
                    foreach (KeyValuePair<string, string> port in portList)
                        if (port.Key.ToUpper().Trim() == mac.ToUpper().Trim())
                            Portmap portMap = new Portmap();
                            portMap.IP = ipAddress;
                            portMap.MAC = mac.ToUpper();
                            portMap.Port = port.Value;
                            portMap.Hostname = hostname;
                threadArray[threadcount] = new Thread(start);
                threadcount = threadcount + 1;

            //Join all threads in the array to wait for results
            for (int i = 0; i < threadcount; i++)

        //SNMPWALK the ports on a switch or stack of switches. Ports will be labeled SwitchNum/Stack Number/Port Numbers.
        private void SnmpWalk(IPAddress ip, string snmpCommunity, string oid, string switchNum)
            UdpTarget target = new UdpTarget(ip);

            // SNMP community name
            OctetString community = new OctetString(snmpCommunity);
            // Define agent parameters class
            AgentParameters param = new AgentParameters(community);
            // Set SNMP version to 1
            param.Version = SnmpVersion.Ver1;

            // Define Oid that is the root of the MIB tree you wish to retrieve
            Oid rootOid = new Oid(oid);

            // This Oid represents last Oid returned by the SNMP agent
            Oid lastOid = (Oid)rootOid.Clone();

            // Pdu class used for all requests
            Pdu pdu = new Pdu(PduType.GetNext);

            // Loop through results
            while (lastOid != null)
                // When Pdu class is first constructed, RequestId is set to a random value
                // that needs to be incremented on subsequent requests made using the
                // same instance of the Pdu class.
                if (pdu.RequestId != 0)
                    pdu.RequestId += 1;
                // Clear Oids from the Pdu class.
                // Initialize request PDU with the last retrieved Oid
                // Make SNMP request
                SnmpV1Packet result = (SnmpV1Packet)target.Request(pdu, param);
                // You should catch exceptions in the Request if using in real application.

                // If result is null then agent didn't reply or we couldn't parse the reply.
                if (result != null)
                    // ErrorStatus other then 0 is an error returned by 
                    // the Agent - see SnmpConstants for error definitions
                    if (result.Pdu.ErrorStatus != 0)
                        // agent reported an error with the request
                        Console.WriteLine("Error in SNMP reply. Error {0} index {1}",
                        lastOid = null;
                        // Walk through returned variable bindings
                        foreach (Vb v in result.Pdu.VbList)
                            // Check that retrieved Oid is "child" of the root OID
                            if (rootOid.IsRootOf(v.Oid))
                                //Convert OID to MAC
                                string[] macs = v.Oid.ToString().Split('.');
                                string mac = "";
                                int counter = 0;
                                foreach (string chunk in macs)
                                    if (counter >= macs.Length - 6)
                                        mac += string.Format("{0:X2}", int.Parse(chunk));
                                    counter += 1;

                                //Assumes a 48 port switch (52 actual). You need to know these values to correctly iterate through a stack of switches.
                                int dellSwitch = 1 + int.Parse(v.Value.ToString()) / 52;
                                int port = int.Parse(v.Value.ToString()) - (52 * (dellSwitch - 1));
                                KeyValuePair<string, string> Port = new KeyValuePair<string, string>(mac, switchNum + "/" + dellSwitch.ToString() + "/" + port.ToString());

                                //Exit Loop
                                lastOid = v.Oid;
                                //End of the requested MIB tree. Set lastOid to null and exit loop
                                lastOid = null;
                    Console.WriteLine("No response received from SNMP agent.");

        private string GetHost(string ipAddress)
                IPHostEntry entry = Dns.GetHostEntry(ipAddress);
                return entry.HostName;
                return "";

Change the width of SharePoint:FormField elements

Ever want to change the width or height of a particular field or text box on a SharePoint form using SharePoint Designer?  If you have looked around you will realize it’s not the most obvious of solutions.

If you would like to change the size of all the elements on a page you can simply add a content editor with the following:

.ms-long{ width:100px; }

However if you want to get granular its a bit more involved.  You need to place the SharePoint:FormField element inside of a DIV and assign it an ID as shown below:

<div ID=”container1“>

<SharePoint:FormField runat=”server” id=”ff24{$Pos} ControlMode=”New” FieldName=”Phone” __designer:bind=”{ddwrt:DataBind(‘i’,concat(‘ff24′,$Pos),’Value’,’ValueChanged’,’ID’,ddwrt:EscapeDelims(string(@ID)),’@Phone’)}”/>


Once you have all of your fields inside of uniquely ID’ed DIV’s we can use CSS to select only the .ms-long classes within those elements.  Example:


#container1 .ms-long{ width:25px; }

#container2 .ms-long{ width:25px; }

#container3 .ms-long{ width:35px; }


Easy enough, and covered in part other places but hopefully this will save some time if anyone runs into my problem again.

Keeping an eye on PKI


As Microsoft recently saw with Azure and I have personally run into many times, SSL certificates are becoming more and more of key piece of infrastructure that can be very difficult to keep a handle on.  It’s one of the few technologies that serves mission critical roles from granting access to secured websites to encrypting traffic for LDAP and other protocols that has a built in count down timer to disaster.  Now several monitoring solutions implement solutions for monitoring certificates on hosts by defining a certificates port and days ahead of time to alert you but if you are dealing with heavily secured systems that is not always ideal and it requires that the person setting up the service remembers to put that check in place.

I propose that there is a better way, at least if you are lucky enough to be using an in-house Microsoft Certificate Authority.  I recently developed an application to keep our server list in sync with what systems we actually have online in the datacenter and the idea of tracking expired certificates somehow worked its way into the project toward the end.  The idea is that we connect to the CA and ask it what certs are up for expiration.  Now that would be that if all certificates were important enough to be notified about via email but you probably don’t want to know every time a user’s certificate expires and auto renews.  Luckily most mission critical SSL certificates are from a narrowly used template the “Web Server” template or a customized version of this template.

The CODE – C# with .NET 4.5

Your code sheet must be using Interop.CERTADMINLib.dll – this can be found on any system that can manage your CA

//Configure Certificate Authority settings and prepare error parameters and containers
string strServer = "YourCA.company.domain";
string strCAName = "YourCAName";
TimeSpan twoWeeks = new System.TimeSpan(14, 0, 0, 0);
TimeSpan aMonth = new System.TimeSpan(30, 0, 0, 0);
StringBuilder certList = new StringBuilder();
StringBuilder critcertList = new StringBuilder();
int pkiErr = 0;
int critpkiErr = 0;

//Configure CA Variables
CCertView certView = null;
IEnumCERTVIEWROW certViewRow = null;
IEnumCERTVIEWCOLUMN certViewColumn = null;

// Connecting to the Certificate Authority
certView = new CCertView();
certView.OpenConnection(strServer + "\\" + strCAName);

//Configure required columns
var Index0 = certView.GetColumnIndex(0, "CommonName");
var Index1 = certView.GetColumnIndex(0, "NotAfter");
var Index2 = certView.GetColumnIndex(0, "Certificate Template");
var Index3 = certView.GetColumnIndex(0, "Request ID");
var Index4 = certView.GetColumnIndex(0, "Revocation Reason");

//Open the view and iterate column values
certViewRow = certView.OpenView();
for (int x = 0; certViewRow.Next() != -1; x++)
certViewColumn = certViewRow.EnumCertViewColumn();
string certName = "Missing certificate name";
DateTime certExpire = DateTime.Now;
string certTemplate = "";
string certID = "";
bool certRev = false;

while (certViewColumn.Next() != -1)
if (certViewColumn.GetValue(1) != null)
if (certViewColumn.GetDisplayName() == "Issued Common Name")
certName = certViewColumn.GetValue(1).ToString();
if (certViewColumn.GetDisplayName() == "Certificate Expiration Date")
certExpire = (DateTime)certViewColumn.GetValue(1);
if (certViewColumn.GetDisplayName() == "Certificate Template")
certTemplate = certViewColumn.GetValue(1).ToString();
if (certViewColumn.GetDisplayName() == "Request ID")
certID = certViewColumn.GetValue(1).ToString();
if (certViewColumn.GetDisplayName() == "Revocation Reason")
certRev = true;
//Check for certs expiring a month out and notify the CA administrator once
if (certExpire == DateTime.Now.Add(aMonth) &amp; certTemplate == "WebServer" | certTemplate == "CustomTemplateInternalID")
pkiErr = pkiErr + 1;
certList.AppendLine("ID: " + certID + " " + certName + " will expire on: " + certExpire.ToString() + Environment.NewLine);
//Check for certs expiring two weeks out and notify EVERYONE everyday
else if (certExpire &gt;= DateTime.Now &amp; certExpire &lt;= DateTime.Now.Add(twoWeeks) &amp; certRev == false) { if (certTemplate == "WebServer" | certTemplate == "CustomTemplateInternalID") { critpkiErr = critpkiErr + 1; critcertList.AppendLine("ID: " + certID + " " + certName + " will expire on: " + certExpire.ToString() + Environment.NewLine); } } } //close CA connection certViewRow.Reset(); certView = null; //Define mail message MailMessage mail = new MailMessage(); SmtpClient SmtpServer = new SmtpClient("yourSMTP.Server"); mail.From = new MailAddress("pkimanager@noreply.nrp"); mail.Subject = "PKI Alert!"; // Send e-mail message with errors if (pkiErr &gt;= 1)
mail.Body = certList.ToString();
else if (critpkiErr &gt;= 1)
mail.Body = critcertList.ToString();
catch (Exception e)
//Do something to make your CA talk to this application

If you run this small app once a day it will quickly spit out any certs that are about to expire which will need to be renewed, revoked or both to clean up the alert.  You will need to use an account that has privileges to read the CA but I recall this being rather painless.  Hopefully you will find this useful as a centralized check for SSL expiration rather than host based checks that are always prone to false positives and require significantly more work to maintain.