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Quick Configuration of Communications Software

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100605D
Original Publication Date: 1990-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Roosken, CA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of configuring communications software for novice or first-time users that minimizes the amount of information required and prevents invalid parameters from being defined.

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Quick Configuration of Communications Software

       Disclosed is a method of configuring communications
software for novice or first-time users that minimizes the amount of
information required and prevents invalid parameters from being
defined.

      In order for communications software to run in multiple
environments some parameters must be left for the user to define.
This allows the software to be flexible but requires that the user
understand complex communications terms and concepts.  By defining a
set of commonly configured environments, the parameters that must be
configured for each environment can be reduced to a set more limited
than all available parameters.

      A user selects from a menu that they want to do quick
configuration.  From this point configuration now consists of
selecting an environment and customizing some minimum number of
parameters.  The minimum number of parameters is defined as only
those parameters that apply to the limited environment and cannot be
determined except by the user.

      An environment may describe a type of application, such as host
terminal emulation, a protocol, such as synchronous data link control
(SDLC), and a hardware adapter.  The user-defined parameters are
those that the software or hardware cannot detect values for, or for
which adequate defaults cannot be predicted.  For example, some
addresses and telephone numbers are unique to a particular user and
cannot be defaulted by the system.

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