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Change Alert and Message Forwarding Focal Point

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036257D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bam, Z: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A program is disclosed that allows a user to assume control of a distributed host in a nondisruptive way by changing its designated alert and message forwarding focal point.

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Change Alert and Message Forwarding Focal Point

A program is disclosed that allows a user to assume control of a distributed host in a nondisruptive way by changing its designated alert and message forwarding focal point.

Alerts and messages received at distributed hosts can be selectively forwarded to a specified focal point host. The CHANGEFP (change focal point) command function allows a network operator at a focal point host to assume control of a distributed host in a nondisruptive way by changing its designated focal point host. In doing so no other operators need to be notified since this entire change is accomplished automatically by the distributed host. If a focal point host goes down (either scheduled or unscheduled) and this command is not used, then any alerts or messages that are to be forwarded might be lost resulting in undetected system and network problems.

This command can be invoked by an operator who realizes that there has been a significant outage at the current focal point host, thereby allowing him to redirect the alert and message traffic of all subordinate distributed hosts. This command can also be invoked automatically by a timer in order to facilitate normal change of operations control that may happen on a regular basis (e.g., different focal points for different shifts).

Figs. 1 through 3 illustrate the alert and message forwarding relationships of various hosts before, during, and after issuing the CHANGEFP command. Fig. 4 illustr...