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Management of a Network from a List of Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104922D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 105K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hopkins, MA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method of maintaining a list of system names and some associated information about each system on a central site within a network.

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Management of a Network from a List of Systems

      This article describes a method of maintaining a list of system
names and some associated information about each system on a central
site within a network.

      A product is provided that allows the user to define each
system that the product is installed on.  This definition would
include:

o     A text description of the system, which could also be the
    location of the system.
o   Name, address, and phone number of contact personnel
o   Frequency to send out automatic updates to one or more central
    sites for:
    -   User profiles
    -   System values
    -   Network attributes
    -   Internal error log data
    -   Program dump list

      In addition, at the same time this information is defined to
the product, the product itself collects the following information:

o   System serial number
o   System model
o   Release of the operating system
o   Network ID
o   Network node type

      With the product installed on each system, the central site can
then add these names to its own database.  As each name is added, the
product contacts the remote site and automatically collects the
information listed above which is added to the record in the database
file.  In addition, it specifies the information to be sent
automatically back to the central site.  If a second central site is
desired, the network manager simply requests the system list from the
first central site.  The entire list is sent to the second central
site.  The second central site automatically contacts each of the
remote systems in the same manner as the first central site did.

      This list of systems can be displayed to the network manager
with options to work with the database of information that is
collected from each of the remote sites (user profiles, system
values, etc.) or to request immediate updates of any of the
databases.  In addition, an option is made available to allow the
user to easily pass through to each system.

      Object distribution is used for all communications be...