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Standardization for the Configuration of Heterogeneous Platforms Through Schema-Based Platform Tag Definitions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020720D
Publication Date: 2003-Dec-10
Document File: 4 page(s) / 222K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that uses schema-based tag information to configure components in a series of heterogeneous platforms. Benefits include standardized configuration details across heterogeneous platforms.

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Standardization for the Configuration of Heterogeneous Platforms Through Schema-Based Platform Tag Definitions

Disclosed is a method that uses schema-based tag information to configure components in a series of heterogeneous platforms. Benefits include standardized configuration details across heterogeneous platforms.

Background

Currently, there is no means of establishing a “standard” interrelationship between the configuration settings of a variety of heterogeneous platforms. If the administrator of a network has a variety of systems with no standard way to configure them, the administrator cannot “control” the firmware settings of the targeted platforms; the only option is to establish an IT-based standardization for all systems in the network.

General Description

The disclosed method migrates one platform’s settings to another. A platform’s configuration tag data that refers to content within a particular FLASH location can be exported from a single platform, then imported into a variety of others. This enables the extraction of configuration settings without causing system errors, such as the duplication of MAC addresses in a network card/Baseboard Management Controller.

The disclosed method enables IT departments to interpret heterogeneous platform settings and create configuration data without having to interact with the system by means of a script or other mechanism. This method does not require an industry-wide standardization of the settings in a platform; it simply requires that a given entity establishes a standard schema for which platform configurations are properly described within the scope of the platforms in the network.

To enable the disclosed method, the following must be done:

 

  1. The administrator creates a database of platform tag definitions, which are collated into a platform configuration schema. With the schema in-hand, the administrator can establish directives to be propagated across a set of platforms.
  2. The dir...