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Automated Raid Configuration in First Stage Manufacturing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021170D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a DOS based program called "Quanta" and a Java based application called "Raid Applet", with this we were able to completely automate the Raid configuration process. The "Quanta" program interfaces to the GenesisX manufacturing environment, the DOS based "Raid Utility Programs" that actually configures the Raid adapter and it also provides an interface to the WEB based "Raid Applet" that allows a Customer or Sale Representative to specify the desired Raid configuration. These programs , "Quanta" and "Raid Applet", have completely automated the process by eliminating the piece of paper, human entry into the "Raid Utility Programs" and have provided WEB based access for the customer through the "Raid Applet" to configure their Raid adapter.

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Automated Raid Configuration in First Stage Manufacturing

Figure 1 shows the basic flow of this invention. The heart of the invention is "Quanta"

and its main interface is the "GenesisX" manufacturing tool. Based on a Raid customer order,

GenesisX will call "Quanta and pass it an AOD.DAT file.

The AOD.DAT will contain either:

part numbers - which tells "Quanta" to create a batch file listing of commands to create a

primary and secondary Raid arrays only.

XML file name - allows "Quanta" to create a batch file listing of commands that configure

any Raid configuration assuming the hardware is present.

    If the AOD.DAT contains part numbers, "Quanta" processes the AOD.DAT and creates a batch of the required Raid configuration commands. Once the batch file is created it passes the batch file to "Server 2" and issues an "Execute" to the "Raid Utility Programs". The "Raid Utility Programs" processes the batch file and configures the "Raid Adapter".

    If the AOD.DAT contains an XML file name, "Quanta" retrieves the XML file from "Server 1", processes the XML and creates a batch file listing of the required commands. Once the batch file is created it passes the batch file to "Server 2" and issues an "Execute" to the "Raid Utility Programs". The "Raid Utility Programs" processes the batch file and configures the Adapter".

    The "Raid Applet" provides an interface for the "Customer/Sales Representative" on the WEB. Through this interface, the Customer or the Sale Representative c...