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Large-Scale Configuration of Intelligent Workstations for a Complex Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101350D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 79K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schaefer, GH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

An enterprise which has a large number (in thousands) of intelligent workstations (such as PCs) in the enterprise network typically requires the configuration of these workstations by a configuration specialist from a centralized location. To reduce human efforts and potential human errors, this necessitates that the configuration process be automated as much as possible to minimize human operations. This invention provides a scheme for automating the creation of configuration information for a large number of workstations.

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Large-Scale Configuration of Intelligent Workstations for a Complex Network

       An enterprise which has a large number (in thousands) of
intelligent workstations (such as PCs) in the enterprise network
typically requires the configuration of these workstations by a
configuration specialist from a centralized location.  To reduce
human efforts and potential human errors, this necessitates that the
configuration process be automated as much as possible to minimize
human operations.  This invention provides a scheme for automating
the creation of configuration information for a large number of
workstations.

      This invention explores the fact that the individual
workstation in a large network usually accesses a common set of
resources in a network.    This common set of network resources
requires a similar set of configuration parameters to be defined in
each workstation.  Workstation unique configuration parameters, on
the other hand, are relatively small.  It is especially true in a
networking environment where workstations are typically
host-connected and require host-related configuration information to
be defined at each workstation.  A batch configuration facility, as
defined below, can be used to generate configuration files for all
the workstations connected to the enterprise network.

      Procedurally, a human operator will manually create one (or
more, if necessary) skeleton configuration file using the operator
commands provided by the...