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Method for remote management of a computer with multiple network connections

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007614D
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-09
Document File: 4 page(s) / 179K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for remote management of a computer with multiple network connections. Benefits include improved reliability and improved performance.

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Method for remote management of a computer with multiple network connections

Disclosed is a method for remote management of a computer with multiple network connections. Benefits include improved reliability and improved performance.

Background

              Conventional remote management and alerting schemes for computers are based on a single available network communication port (for example, 802.3 LAN).

General description

              The disclosed method manages network links. One of the network controllers is designated as the master management network controller (MMNC) (see Figure 1). Additional remote ports may include 802.3 ports and wireless LAN. The MMNC collects system status information (for example, sensor polling and push alerts) and sends/receives management packets to/from the management console.

              Other management network controllers in the system are designated as slaves (SMNCs).

When the MMNC link is lost, It communicates with SMNC(s) via a system bus to send and receive management packets. System buses may include SMBus, PCI, and USB. The SMNCs may be connected to an active network link.

Advantages

              A computer that has multiple network connections may dynamically connect and disconnect and can achieve a more reliable connection to the management console using the disclosed method.

Detailed description

              The disclosed method improves network link control. The following example describes a possible sequence of events, during which the MMNC detects a requirement to send an alert packet to...